The Backbone One controller has been a favorite among iOS users, and now it’s officially coming to Android. As reported by Chrome Unboxed, Backbone is getting around to making an Android-compatible model. An actual Android-compatible model that doesn’t have require the use of a connector cable.
See, technically the Backbone One was compatible with Android devices around November of last year. But you would need to use a cable accessory to connect the controller to your device. Not too unlike you use to have to do with the Stadia controller when Stadia first launched. This new Android model of the Backbone One plugs directly into your phone, no cable needed.
The Backbone One for Android is now available
If you haven’t picked up a mobile controller yet and you aren’t settled on the Razer Kishi V2, maybe consider the Backbone One. Which you can actually buy right now. Like the Razer Kishi V2, it costs $99 and comes with some pretty cool features. For instance, the more rigid collapsible design, the screenshot/game clips button, and an accompanying application.
The Kishi V2 though gives you two programmable multifunction buttons. Both seem like equally great mobile controller options. And since both cost the same amount, you’ll have to weigh out what’s of more value to you.
Buying the Backbone One also comes with a few perks. You’ll get 3 months free of Discord Nitro, 1 month free of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and 2 months free of Stadia Pro. None of which you get with the Kishi V2. Additionally, the Backbone One has ports for not just passthrough charging, but a 3.5mm audio jack for using wired headphones.
If there’s one downside to the new Android model, it’s that it’s not shipping till later this year. You can pay for it today, but Backbone won’t be shipping out controllers until November. Which means you’ll be waiting a while. If you want or need a solution that’s more immediate, the Razer Kishi V2 can be picked up today from Amazon and it should arrive within a few days.