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Backbone One Gaming Controller for iPhone (Xbox Edition)

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"Worth the money!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

If you’re after a good quality and well supported phone controller, this is it. The only downside is the Xbox cloud gaming beta is currently not active in NZ so you’ll need an Xbox if you want to use Xbox remote. Not a big issue as plenty of controller supported games now on App Store and Apple Arcade.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
"Functional but Expensive"
4 stars"
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It's a good wee unit which makes playing mobile games so much easier (you will dominate in games like Call of Duty Mobile) but it has a few limitations; it's not as ergonomic as it could be and it's pretty expensive given what else is available on the market (including an Elite Series 2 Xbox Controller). The pros; It connects via the lightning port so there is no input lag or dropped connection and it is compatible with Xbox remote play and cloud gaming. The Apps has some cool features which makes your iPhone like a little mini Xbox but it’s a wee bit gimmicky and not required to use the device. It runs off the phone’s battery so you don’t need to charge it interpedently and it has a lightning port on the right grip for passthrough charging of your iPhone. There is a headphone jack on the left grip if you haven’t got Bluetooth headphones. The cons; You CANNOT use the Backbone with a case attached so you have to take your phone out of its case each time you want to use it; if you have a Pro model iPhone you need an adaptor to stop the camera bump from rubbing against the spine of the device (which Backbone will send you for free if you pay $5 shipping). The thumb sticks work as well as any other standard controller but they are not offset horizontally from the other buttons like Xbox and PS controllers, which can make switching between to the D-pad or buttons a bit awkward. Hopefully this is the version 1 of the Backbone with a new, upgraded model to follow. If they could replicate the layout and grip shape of the Xbox Elite controllers more closely, including the addition of back paddle buttons then they’d be on to a winner. Allowing for phone cases also needs to be a consideration; I’m sure some optional attachments/a­daptors to fit thicker devices, even a lightning to USB-C adaptor for android wouldn’t be too difficult to design.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Amazing Controller"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Really good unit for an iPhone. Work with most games and flawlessly with MFI capable games. Even works with Steam Link! Just not the Final Fantasy iOS games. Super comfortable though it’s a tight fit for the 12ProMax due to the extra lens

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Backbone One transforms 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 and no tedious setup. Uncover a new world of premium gaming in seconds.


  • Play any controller supported games with responsive analog triggers, tactile buttons, and clickable joysticks for a premium mobile gaming experience.¹
  • Low latency, Pass-through charging & 3.5MM headset jack. Connects to your iPhone's Lightning port for ultra-responsive gameplay. Charge your phone and use your headset while you play.
  • Works with any iPhone: Compatible with the latest iPhones. Adapter included for better experience on iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
  • The Backbone app aggregates your content library and game streaming services into a streamlined user experience.

Backbone+ Subscription Trial Included: Unlock 20+ app features, perks & in-game rewards. A Backbone+ subscription is NOT required to play games with your Backbone One controller. The free app includes free firmware updates and features to manage your controller.²

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: Get 1 Month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with purchase of Backbone (code issued digitally during product set up).³

¹ Games and services available may vary by country.
² Backbone+ subscription trial for new members only, valid payment method required and continues automatically. Pricing and availability may vary by country. T&C apply.
³ New Xbox Game Pass members only. Subscription continued automatically. Pricing and availability may vary by country.

What's in the box:

  • Backbone One
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Sheet
Release date NZ
October 29th, 2021
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