Sony introduces a new PS5-style gamepad controller compatible with the iPhone. Here’s why it’s weird – Technology News, Firstpost
FP staffJul 29, 2022 4:20:59 PM IST
Sony is betting big on gaming and so decided to go all out and get a bigger piece of the proverbial pie. After releasing a new gaming headset and a few monitors, the Japanese tech company is slowly moving into the mobile gaming accessories market.
Sony recently teamed up with controller and gamepad developer Backbone to create a PlayStation 5 DualSense-like version of the excellent Backbone One mobile controller for Apple’s iPhone.
Backbone One is one of the top-selling manufacturers of third-party mobile gaming accessories in the United States. They already have a controller, called Backbone One, designed for iPhone gaming. The device can handle iPhones of all sizes. It also allows users to play PlayStation games through Remote Play, Sony’s mobile app that streams games from your PS4 or PS5 console.
The original Backbone One had borrowed its controller layout and buttons from Xbox design – they had XABY buttons and offset joysticks. For the PS5 version, Sony and Backbone only replaced the buttons in the diagram. Chances are, this is the only Sony product to have offset joysticks. Additionally, the Sony version of the Backbone One connects wirelessly to the iPhone.
But that’s not why the PS5-style Backbone One for iOS is a weird thing. It’s strange because Sony decided to make one.
iOS gaming was huge at one time, but not anymore. Even though iOS has more games than Android, with around 9,00,000 titles compared to 3,50,000, the number of gamers on Android far exceeds the number of gamers on iOS.
Moreover, competitive mobile gamers, which also influence the amateur market, are dominated by users who use Android devices. Therefore, it would have made more sense for Sony and Backbone to design a gamepad for Android users first.
Backbone has a Backbone One gamepad for Android users that works the same as their original Backbone One, iOS only. However, where iOS devices connect wirelessly, Android devices must be connected with a cable. Sony plans to release a Backbone One for Android in November this year. We just hope it’s not a wired device.