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Backbone One's Second-Generation Controllers Make A Small But Convenient Change

You can finally use a Backbone One without needing to slip your protective smartphone phone cover off.


The Backbone One is arguably the go-to controller cradle for anyone who enjoys gaming on their smartphone, and the second generation of this accessory is launching with a small--but very welcome--change to its design. With smartphones being expensive investments, it's only natural to keep them protected, and the next generation of the Backbone One allows you to use it on your device without needing to remove its case.

Backbone says the new model supports many popular phone cases, has an improved ergonomic design, and enhanced phone stability thanks to the new magnetic adapters on the second-generation Backbone One. There's also a reshaped D-pad for when you need a little more precision in your on-the-go gaming.

Backbone One Second-Generation
Backbone One Second-Generation


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It's worth noting that Backbone hasn't provided any specific details on case compatibility, but generally, most smartphone protective cases have a uniform thickness to them. There are specialty covers out there, and presumably, the thicker they are, the tighter the fit will be, possibly making them incompatible with the cradle.

The Backbone One second-generation controller is priced at $100 and will be available in Lightning and USB-C variants. Backbone+ members will receive a 30% discount when upgrading to this controller and no trade-in is required.

The company has been making some big moves lately, partnering up with several game studios and publishers to release limited-edition Backbone controllers that come packaged with in-game extras. Back in January, Backbone announced a Death Stranding: Director's Cut edition of the Backbone One, just in time for the release of the Hideo Kojima-directed game on iPhone 15 Pro.

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