New Backbone Gen 2 Controller Is Already On Sale For A Big Discount


Earlier this week, Backbone launched an updated version of its popular Backbone One mobile controller, offering wider support for smartphones with cases and slightly tweaking its overall design for better ergonomics. Amazon and Best Buy are already slashing prices on the new model, giving it a nice $20 discount. Alternatively, you can save $40 on the Gen 1 Lightning editions for iOS–if you have an iPhone 14 or older.

The big draw of the Backbone One (Gen 2) is its magnetic adapters that allow it to work with a larger range of smartphones without the need to remove your case. The company has compiled a long list of cases that are supported by the Gen 2, including over two dozen iPhone 15 cases. That’s a big improvement over the outgoing model, which requires you to remove your phone case before launching your game.

Aside from the inconvenience of having to remove your case, the Backbone One was already widely considered as one of the best mobile controllers–though we haven’t had a chance to test the Gen 2 model just yet.

With the release of the Backbone One Gen 2, you’ll also find the original Backbone One discounted to $60 (down from $100). And unlike the above deal, this one is for the Xbox and PlayStation Lightning models.

As mentioned, you’ll find the same deals available at Best Buy. The Lightning controllers also come with a free one-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Also, note that Backbone Plus members are eligible for a 30% discount toward the purchase of a Gen 2 controller–so if you’re a member, be sure to check your email for details on how to redeem your coupon.