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Backbone One iOS Controller for Xbox Game Pass

First 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on us with purchase of an iOS Controller

Cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold and over 100 high-quality games. Play games like Halo Infinite* with friends on console, PC, phones and tablets, and get an EA Play membership — all for one low monthly price.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
And for a limited time, new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get their first 1 month on us** with purchase of a Backbone One from the Backbone website or from the Microsoft Store.
* Halo Infinite: coming soon. See,, and for details.
** Valid for new Xbox Game Pass members only. Credit card required. Unless you cancel, you will be charged the then-current regular membership rate when the promotional period ends. Terms, exclusions, and streaming limits apply. Xbox Game Pass (Beta): select devices and regions. Upon redemption existing Gold memberships will upgrade to Ultimate at a conversion ratio. Game catalog varies over time, region, and by device. See Limit: 1 per person/account.
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iOS Platforms with Controller Support

Wondering if you can play your favorite gaming platforms and remote play services on Backbone? Check out the list below.
Snap in and start playing. No charging, no waiting for updates, no tedious setup. Uncover a new world of gaming in seconds. It just works.
Controller with audio cable and lightning cable

Made for iPhone

Works with all iPhone models running iOS 15.0 or later.
Backbone One iOS gaming controller with attached iPhone playing Call of Duty: Mobile with an orange background; the Backbone orange button is lit up orange

Capture and share your best moments

Record, edit, and share straight from Backbone. No extra hardware or software required.
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Drop in and find other Backbone players to play with instantly

Voice chat with friends and hop from game to game, seamlessly.
Backbone One controller showing Rooms function
Backbone One controller showing Rooms function
Backbone One controller
Backbone One controller

Stay in the loop

Know when your friends are playing a game and join them in just one touch.
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In case you missed anything
Which devices are compatible with the Backbone One controller?

Any iPhone supporting iOS 15 or newer will work! You can see a full list of supported models here.

What games are available to play?

Most titles in the Xbox Game Pass library are available to play on your mobile device directly from the cloud. For an up-to-date list, please visit the game library.

Do I need the Backbone iOS App to use the Backbone One controller?

The Backbone iOS app is not required for your Backbone One to play games. However, the Backbone One iOS app offers a rich, community-driven experience. The Backbone iOS app also unlocks new features and capabilities being released by our development team.

Can the Backbone One be used in conjunction with Bluetooth?

Yes, you can use your Apple device's Bluetooth capability while it's snapped into Backbone One. In fact, playing on Backbone One while using AirPods makes for a highly enjoyable and portable gaming experience.

Do I need to charge my Backbone One?

No, Backbone One does not have a battery! Backbone One draws minimal amounts of power from the iPhone. It's power consumption is imperceptibly low. The degree of Backbone One's power consumption is so trivial that you could leave Backbone One plugged into your phone overnight without any discernible change in your phone's battery life.

That being said, games running on your phone can consume considerable amounts of power due to things like graphics, networking, and audio. Therefore, recognizing that battery life is critical to gaming on mobile devices, we engineered a pass-through Lightning port on the Backbone One to allow for charging your phone while playing.

Does the 1 month of Game Pass Ultimate apply to existing subscribers?

Unfortunately, no. The offer is only available for new subscribers purchasing a Backbone One.

Where is Game Pass Ultimate streaming available?

Cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available in 22 countries across North America and Europe, plus South Korea. Visit for details. More countries will be added over time.

What's the difference between xCloud and Game Pass Ultimate?

Project xCloud was the name for the public technology preview of cloud gaming that began in September 2019. After gathering feedback from players from around the world during the preview, the technology was built into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so you can play 100+ Xbox games on your mobile phone or tablet, directly from the cloud.

How do I redeem my 1 month of Game Pass Ultimate?

Once you've received your Backbone One in the mail, just snap in your phone and open up the iOS Backbone App. We'll provide you with your unique code and will guide you through the redemption flow. Don't hesitate to get in touch at