iPhone 15 is already compatible with USB-C Backbone One controllers built for Android

The iPhone 15 is officially moving from Lightning to USB-C, and accessory manufacturers are actively responding to this change. Backbone confirmed this week that its existing line of USB-C game controllers will work with the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models.

For those unfamiliar, the Backbone One for iPhone is a great controller that turns your iPhone into a handheld gaming console. You simply slide your iPhone into the foldable design and take full advantage of built-in gaming buttons, joysticks, and more.

Historically, the Backbone One was available in two different variants: one with a Lighting port and the other with a USB-C port. With the iPhone 15 moving to USB-C, Backbone has confirmed that the existing USB-C version of Backbone will work perfectly with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lineups.

The company says existing customers with the USB-C version of Backbone One will receive a software update through the Backbone app on Android to add iPhone support. New Backbone One USB-C customers will get full Android and iPhone 15 support out of the box.

For new customers, all Backbone USB-C products now offer universal compatibility with all USB-C phones, including Android devices and iPhone 15. 

For existing customers, your Backbone USB-C product will automatically receive the update through the Backbone app, which provides patented universal compatibility. To update, connect your Backbone controller and launch the Backbone app on Android.

And a few more details on why you might want Backbone One for your iPhone:

Backbone One offers high-quality gameplay for all your favorite controller-compatible games. This includes the most popular games such as Call of Duty®: Mobile, Minecraft, Genshin Impact and most Apple Arcade games.

Backbone One is also compatible with remote play apps. Available on Xbox, PlayStation and Steam, allowing you to play games on your console and PC remotely from your phone. Popular cloud streaming services such as Xbox Cloud Gaming, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Amazon Luna is also supported by Backbone One.

A list of current compatible games can be found here. Please note that this page is constantly being updated, so it may not be complete.

You can order the UBS-C version of Backbone One in “Standard” configuration, as well as a version designed specifically for PlayStation, both cost $100.

Besides Backbone One, other companies have also confirmed that their USB-C controllers are also ready for the iPhone 15:

  • Rotor Riot
  • Razer Kishi V2
  • GameSir X3

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