Android gamers can finally rejoice as Backbone has officially announced the release of the Backbone One PlayStation Edition mobile gamepad, specially designed for Android, in Australia. Pre-orders are currently available in the country, with the product set to hit the market on July 6, 2023.

While Backbone may not have the same level of recognition as its competitors in the market, users of the Backbone One have been singing its praises for delivering an exceptional gaming experience, particularly in terms of comfort and quality craftsmanship.

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Backbone One PlayStation Edition is its official support for PS Remote Play from Sony. As of now, it stands alone as the sole mobile gaming controller on the market with Sony’s stamp of approval. Not only does it eliminate any concerns about compatibility with PS Remote Play, but it also bears a striking resemblance to the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, bringing delightful news to PlayStation gamers.

According to Backbone’s official website, only the PlayStation Edition enjoys official support from Sony, while the previously released black version with the Xbox button layout lacks Sony’s endorsement for PS Remote Play.

Certainly, as a versatile mobile gamepad, the Backbone One opens up a world of possibilities beyond remote PlayStation gaming. Not only can you enjoy any mobile game that supports gamepad controls using the Backbone One, but you can also utilize it as a gamepad for your iPad, Mac, and PC through a wired connection.

It’s worth noting that to unlock this feature, you’ll need to have the Backbone mobile app and an active Backbone+ membership installed. I’ll delve into the specifics of this aspect in my forthcoming product review, revealing all the juicy details one by one.

Exciting times lie ahead as Ausdroid will soon receive an advanced preview of the Backbone One mobile gaming controller, enabling us to provide a detailed review. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the Backbone brand until recently, but extensive research has revealed its high regard among consumers.

This stark contrast has heightened my interest in this gamepad, and we will happily share our firsthand experience and thoughts with our readers prior to its official release.

Pre-orders are available now and you can place an order through retailers including JB Hi-Fi, EB Games, Big W, The Gamesmen and more for $179.95. Pre-orders will also receive a protective case as a bonus, while stocks last. 

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Interesting to see Sony officially endorsing Android hardware for PS gaming once again.
I don’t think we’ve officially seen Sony in this space since the days of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, from way back in q1 2011.