Backbone One review: The best iPhone controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming
The rise of cloud gaming has driven a new era of mobile gaming accessories for smartphones, many imitating dedicated handheld consoles, albeit some more viable than others. The Backbone One is among the latest breaking into the space, and with Microsoft expanding its game-streaming tech to iOS, there's a compelling basis for its $99 asking price to Xbox owners.
I've tried a handful of different mobile controllers in recent months, each designed to bring the comfort and convenience of gamepads to touch screens. But the Backbone One is a different breed of accessory, with calculated considerations for both hardware and software, delivering an experience close to a traditional handheld. This isn't another bolted-on accessory — it acts just like a Nintendo Switch.
I first picked up the Backbone One with the Xbox Cloud Gaming platform in mind, and after one week, it's unquestionably the best out there for iPhone. It navigates Apple's notoriously strict grip on iOS with a portfolio of tightly integrated features via its accompanying app. It has high ambitions, vying to deliver a top-tier controller, plus a …
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