PlayStation’s first mobile gaming device launches via Backbone

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The Backbone One PlayStation Edition turns your iPhone into a games console. It’s the short, but this device marks a first for Sony. This is the first officially licensed PlayStation device for mobile games and shows how Sony continues to expand beyond PlayStation by bringing games to PC and is now making strides into the mobile landscape.

You can immediately spot the PS5 influence in the Backbone One as it sports a similar layout and color scheme to the DualSense. There are also PlayStation face buttons to match the controller. Backbone worked closely with the folks at PlayStation to come up with the Backbone One, so it was designed to make it easy for those used to the PS5.

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There’s a Backbone app that’s been customized so that when users plug in their mobile device, the app morphs to “tailor PlayStation players’ experience with personalized prompts and content” according to the description. Once it’s released, we’ll test it to see if it works in practice, of course. But the latest version of PS Remote Play also allows users to wake up their PS4 or PS5 remotely, which makes things convenient.

The Backbone One offers the ability to play your PlayStation games on your phone, as long as you’re connected to the internet and the PS Remote Play app. PS4 and PS5 players will need an iPhone to fit into the Backbone One. Additionally, the device has passthrough charging, so it doesn’t need to be charged on its own – it’s powered by the phone itself. It has a classic 3.5mm headphone jack to make it easy to plug in a headset for that portable gaming session, but it’s also designed to work seamlessly with Sony’s Pulse 3D headset.

PS Remote Play requires users to have the app connected to Wi-Fi and PS4 or PS5 console with the latest system software and compatible game to work. A broadband internet connection of at least 5 Mbps is required, but a broadband connection of at least 15 Mbps is recommended for Wi-Fi or mobile data. A PS4 or PS5 with a wired connection via LAN cable is also recommended.

Then you should be able to stream any game installed on your PS4 or PS5, like Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart or Gran Turismo 7, directly from your phone.

The Backbone One PlayStation Edition is compatible with all iPhones and is currently on sale for £99.99. An Android version of the device will arrive later, shipping in November, for the same price. For more details, you can visit the Backbone site here.

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