Backbone One for iPhone

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iPhone 12 attached to Backbone One iOS gaming controller with Call of Duty: Mobile pictured in Backbone iOS app
iPhone 12 attached to Backbone One iOS gaming controller with Call of Duty: Mobile pictured in Backbone iOS app
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
Backbone One iOS gaming controller angled side-on towards the screen without a mobile phone attached
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Compatible with all iPhones
GBP 99.99includes VAT
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Free access to over 350 console games & perks included with purchase of a Backbone One
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Transform your phone into the ultimate gaming console. Snap in your phone and play any game or service that supports controllers, including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or even stream directly from your Xbox, PlayStation, PC. No charging, no waiting for updates, no tedious setup. Uncover a new world of premium gaming in seconds.
Tech Specs
Features
Collapsible and compact design
Low-latency connection
Play any game that supports controllers
Capture game clips and screenshots
3.5mm headphone jack
Pass-through charging
Size & Weight
Backbone One
Height: 3.70 inches (93.9 mm)
Width (Contracted): 6.94 inches (176.2 mm)
Width (Extended): 10.14 inches (257.6 mm)
Depth: 1.28 inches (32.6 mm)
Weight: 4.87 ounces (138.0 g)
Controls
Press to launch the Backbone App.
Press to record gameplay. Hold while recording to bookmark. When not recording, hold to screenshot.
Double-press to mute even while in a game.
General Specs
Lightning port
Lightning port for pass-through charging of your phone with standard Lightning cable.
Headset jack
3.5mm headset jack for headsets with or without microphone.
No charging
Backbone One does not have a battery. Backbone One uses minimal power from your phone for long gameplay sessions.
What's in the box?
Adapter for iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max
Quick Start Guide
Safety Sheet
Customer Reviews
4.8
(16,661 reviews)
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Turn your phone into a handheld gaming console.
All your games in one place
Unlock the Backbone App's unified game launcher with a trial of Backbone+ Membership, included with every purchase of a Backbone One.
Play your hardware, anywhere
Already own a console or a PC? Jump back in from anywhere with direct support for Remote Play & Steam Link.
Find new games to play
Personalized recommendations to find your next favorite game.
Squad up
Voice chat and multiplayer lobbies makes playing with friends or strangers seamless across games.
Capture, edit, share
With features like flashback recording, clip editing, and more, never miss a moment.
Play on any screen
Use your Backbone One controller with any USB-C device, including iPad, Mac, and PC.
Get notified when it’s game time
See when your friends on Backbone start playing so you can join them.
Discover what’s new
View in-game highlights from the community and discover the next big thing.
Stream To Twitch or Youtube
Go live in one tap, and share your skills with the world.
Gaming Mode with iOS
Automatically turn on iOS Gaming Mode to silence notifications when you connect your Backbone One controller.
Is my iPhone supported?
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All iPhones running the latest iOS software are supported. Due to the larger camera bump, a complimentary adapter is included with every purchase of a Backbone One for a snugger fit with iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models. A full list of compatible devices can be found here.

Will this work with my phone case?
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In most cases, no. The Backbone One is a form-fitting controller for your iPhone and to be a precision input device, it has to firmly hold on to your iPhone. As a result, you will need to remove other iPhone attachments (especially the protective cases that change the dimensions of your phone significantly).

We designed the Backbone One to avoid compromising on gameplay at all costs. We’re so confident in the improved experience of playing mobile games that Backbone One delivers, that we think players will be happy to remove their cases to enjoy Backbone’s benefits.

Do I need to own an Xbox, Playstation, or PC to use the Backbone One?
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Nope! A console or computer is only required to take advantage of remote play apps offered by Xbox, Playstation, and Steam.

Backbone One unlocks a world of possibilities for all types of gameplay experiences. Between the Apple App Store, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud streaming, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce Now there are thousands of high quality games available to play.

Check out the Platforms page to learn more.

Can I use the Backbone One as a controller for my iPad, Mac, or PC?
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Yes, you can use the Play On Any Screen feature from within the Backbone app to use your Backbone One with any supported iPad, Mac, or PC. No need to carry around another controller!

Is the Backbone app required to use the Backbone One?
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The Backbone app is not required for use of the Backbone One as a controller. However, the Backbone app offers a rich, community-driven experience that we’re sure you’ll love!

More information on the Backbone app’s features can be found here.

How much does the Backbone App cost?
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The Backbone App is free to download and allows remapping of the Backbone One’s face buttons as well as access to firmware updates.

Additional in-app features are unlocked with a Backbone+ membership. A free trial of Backbone+ is included with every purchase of a Backbone One from an authorized retailer.

After that, a Backbone+ membership subscription will renew annually at the then current price which varies by region. Cancel anytime.

Current prices by country can be found here.

Does the Backbone One need to be charged?
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No, the Backbone One does not have a battery. The Backbone One draws minimal amounts of power from the iPhone to function. Its power consumption is imperceptibly low.

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’ve designed a pass-through Lightning port on the Backbone One to allow for charging your phone while playing.

Are the thumbsticks clickable?
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Yes, the Backbone One has clickable L3/R3 thumb-sticks.

What games are supported?
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The Backbone One offers high-quality gameplay for all your favorite games that support controllers. This includes the most popular titles like Call of Duty®: Mobile, Minecraft, Genshin Impact, and most Apple Arcade games.

In addition, the Backbone One is also compatible with remote play apps offered by Xbox, Playstation, and Steam allowing games on your console and PC to be played remotely from your phone.

Popular cloud streaming services like Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Amazon Luna are all also supported by the Backbone One.

For a list of current compatible games, please check here. Note that this page is being constantly updated so it may not be 100% comprehensive.

Am I eligible for the bundled offers?
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So long as you have not previously subscribed or are currently subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Google Stadia Pro, or Backbone+ membership, you are eligible to redeem the offer within the Backbone app.

Is there a warranty?
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Your Backbone One can be returned for free within 30 days of purchase, no questions asked. We guarantee the Backbone One against defect and damage from reasonable usage for a full year after purchase and will provide a replacement or a refund.

Can the Backbone One work with Bluetooth?
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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.

The Backbone One itself must be connected via lightning connector or port to be used as a controller.

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