I’ve been using the PlayStation Portal for around a week, and while it performs its job admirably, the BackBone One still lives in my head rent free. Not only is it still one of the best ways to remote play PS5 games, but the newest version of the controller is cheaper than ever. The Black Friday deal in question could be a nice alternative if you can’t find PlayStation Portal stock or just don’t fancy spending $200, as the experience isn’t as different as you’d think.
Over at Amazon, a Black Friday PS5 deal has slashed 30% off the BackBone One PlayStation Edition, bringing it down from $99.99 to $69.99. This is the first time the second generation version of the controller has dropped in price, and it’s still a personal default when it comes to using PS Remote Play using a smartphone. That’s not to say the PlayStation Portal hasn’t got its perks, but there are numerous reasons why BackBone’s USB-C gamepad slaps harder than Sony’s first-party solution.
For starters, the BackBone One isn’t just a PS Remote Play device, as it’ll happily add physical controls to a variety of streaming services, including Nvidia GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass, and Steam Link. It’ll also travel might be lighter than the PlayStation Portal, as its low profile buttons and sticks are confined to a compact phone-grip package. Not that I think Backbone’s solution can compete with the mighty Dualsense, but for $69.99, you’re getting a pretty robust pad that doesn’t compromise functionality.
BackBone One PlayStation Edition | $99 $69.99 at Amazon
Save $30 - The BackBone One has the power to turn your smartphone into a PlayStation Portal alternative, and this deal will help you do so for even less. This marks the first time the second gen version has