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The Backbone One is 30% off during Prime Day

This lightning deal is for the iPhone version, and it may not last long

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Cameron Faulkner (he/him) is Polygon’s commerce editor. He began writing about tech and gaming in 2013, and migrated from The Verge in 2023.

The best controller that you can use with your phone is the Backbone One, and it’s 30% off for Amazon Prime Day 2023. The iPhone version of the black Backbone One controller and the PlayStation Edition is $69.99 for the rest of the day.

These temporary price reductions are great, since using one is better and easier than connecting your Xbox or PlayStation controller over Bluetooth. With the Backbone One, you pull it apart to stretch it around your phone, giving it a Nintendo Switch-like form factor once it’s plugged in. The controller offers a Lightning port for supplying power to your phone, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, in case you want to use wired headphones.

Several native iOS games offer game controller support, not to mention it works great with cloud games streamed through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. One feature that Backbone has over the competition is being the only third-party controller that’s supported by Sony’s PS Remote Play app, which lets you play your PS5 games over Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.

Prime Day also has several other standout gaming accessory deals, including some of the best gaming headsets, gaming monitors, and gaming mice. We’ve found discounts on some of our favorite gear, like the LG 1440p gaming monitor, Sony Inzone H9 headset, Samsung 512 microSD card, and Joy-Con replacement sticks.

Or if you’re looking for new things to play, there are plenty of free games and video game deals to take advantage of during Prime Day 2023.

Looking for more deals? Check out all of Polygon’s favorite Prime Day 2023 deals right here.

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