The Backbone One (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a delight. Plug the Lightning connector into your iPhone, stretch the controller over it, and play. The buttons and bumpers really feel good and clicky, with super-fast response occasions, and there is broad assist for PS Remote Play, Xbox Remote Play, and Steam Link, in addition to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Google Stadia, and GeForce Now. Essentially, even for those who do not love cell gaming, this little controller can flip your telephone right into a console or PC. But the expertise may change your thoughts about cell video games; I performed Stardew Valley for thus lengthy I forgot I used to be taking part in on my telephone. The built-in headphone jack is a pleasant contact.
What actually units Backbone One aside is its non-obligatory app. All of the features are free for the primary 12 months. I like the searchable catalog of controller-supported video games and the mechanically recorded and edited in-game highlights. There’s additionally an interface for seamless voice chat and multiplayer lobbies, in addition to one-tap Twitch streaming and assist for iOS Gaming Mode. (Note: As the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have massive cameras, Backbone offers an adapter for free; examine the field throughout checkout or order one individually.) —Louryn Strampe
Officially works with iPhone, Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, Xbox and PlayStation Remote Play, and Steam Link
★ Another different: The RiotPWR ESL ($70) is a extra conventional controller with an Xbox format that connects to your iPhone by way of Lightning cable for lag-free gaming and pass-through charging. If you may get previous the unlucky ESL model coloration scheme (inexperienced and yellow), this can be a stable choose for video games on iOS or distant play from Xbox, PlayStation, or PC. It additionally has a headphone port, and there is an Android model too.