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Backbone for PS5 is a solid mobile controller with odd flaws

The closest thing to a PS Vita 2 comes close to being a dream.

Backbone, Sony

Backbone, Sony

The Backbone One PlayStation Edition is a new iPhone controller peripheral licensed by Sony, making it easier to play PS4 and PS5 games on the go.

Backbone, Sony

The peripheral connects to modern iPhones and is available right now for $99.

It’s really the only way to effectively take PS5 Remote Play on the go.

Backbone, Sony

Backbone, Sony

The Backbone transforms your iPhone into a PS5 Remote Play experience that mirrors the basic DualSense design in the rough shape of a Nintendo Switch or Steamdeck.

Backbone, Sony

Since the Backbone plugs into your phone, there are fewer issues with input lag. Your overall mileage with input lag will vary depending on your internet speeds.

Backbone, Sony

The device also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack, a charge port (allowing you to charge while you play), and a dedicated Share button, giving you a well-rounded experience with the newest PS5 games like Stray.

Backbone, Sony

The Backbone One PlayStation Edition is also more compact than the Nintendo Switch.

Backbone, Sony

And it’s most certainly smaller than the massive Steam Deck.

Backbone, Sony

Sadly, the Backbone doesn’t feature a PlayStation button or an elegant solution for the DualSense’s touchpad, which can feel finicky at times.

Backbone, Sony

Despite this, we can’t imagine playing PS4 and PS5 games on the go without the Backbone One PlayStation Edition, thanks to its design and emphasis on comfort.