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The Backbone One has dropped in price from $100 to just $69.99. Thanks to this Black Friday deal, you can pick up a fantastic PlayStation Portal alternative that’s discounted by 30% from its MSRP. This is coincidentally the first time that the Backbone One has fallen to a price this low that we’ve seen, perhaps in response to the swathes of demand that the Portal itself has seen recently.
The accessory, with models available for both Lightning (select Apple devices) and USB-C (Android and iPhone 15), lets you turn your smartphone into a compact controller with ease. It features many of the controls you’d expect on a traditional PlayStation controller, alongside being shelled inside a slide-out form factor that lets place your phone between it. It’s also one of the only controllers that’s actually compatible with the PS Remote Play app, meaning you won’t have to be searching for PlayStation Portal deals for Black Friday.
Backbone One for Android and iPhone (USB-C)
Backbone One for iPhone (Lightning)
If you needed any more incentive, there’s even a licensed PlayStation edition that has the same milky white color palette as your PS5. We’ve had plenty of hands-on experience with the Backbone One when we tried to make a PlayStation Portal. The Backbone One is a fantastic little device that feels great between your hands. Its potential to turn your average smartphone into a remote streaming device is fantastic, especially at the discounted price that Amazon’s listing the product at the moment.
The Backbone, despite its generous price tag, will do more than just remote streaming. You’re going to be able to use it to game on your phone with games such as a Call of Duty: Mobile, Resident Evil: Village and many other mobile titles with controller support. It’s a great way to turn your phone into one of the best gaming handhelds without spending too much, while also being incredible lightweight and discrete. If you’re unsure about picking it up this Black Friday, consider how perfect it’s going to be as a stocking filler for Christmas.