Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: What Is It All About?

25 Nov , 2016  

For those gamers who own an Xbox One, it’s time to get in on the Xbox One backwards compatibility feature.

The long-awaited feature launched in November 2015 and after a whole year, the backwards compatibility library has grown.

Find out what the Xbox One backwards compatibility is all about and which Xbox 360 games you can play!


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What Is Xbox One Backwards Compatibility?

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The Xbox One backwards compatibility feature lets players play Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One console.

As a result, gamers will be able to re-experience the games from the previous generation that they spent hundreds of hours playing.

The best thing about this feature is that you won’t have to re-purchase the games to play them on the console, it’s free!

In order to use the backwards compatibility feature you will need to do the following:

  • Check to see if your game is backwards compatible.
  • Own either a digital copy or physical copy of the game.
  • Download or insert disk to play

In addition, gamers will be able to keep their Xbox 360 saves, DLC, achievements, and their Gamerscore, which is pretty awesome!

Another bonus feature is Xbox gamers who have an Xbox Gold Membership will be able to play their 360 games online with other gamers.


What is the Latest Xbox Feature About?

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Originally when the Xbox One launched in 2013, the system didn’t support backwards compatibility or allow players to transfer their digital Xbox 360 games.

After the announcement about the latest Xbox console, fans looking to play their favorite 360 games were left disappointed.

As a result, Microsoft saw this as an opportunity and changed console history forever.

Xbox officially came out with the backwards compatibility feature at E3 2015 and made it available to the public by November 2015.

The backwards compatibility feature has unquestionably changed console history as we know it.


The CMO at Xbox for Microsoft, Mike Nichols, had this to say about Xbox 360 Games and introducing backwards compatibility to the Xbox One:

“We recognize that people have invested so much in terms of buying games and they have established friendships with people that they don’t want to leave behind.

And so, what we’ve set up to do with backwards compatibility is really remove that concern or alleviate that concern that somebody has to leave something behind.

It was the number-one most requested feature among Xbox 360 owners who did not upgrade to Xbox One yet. And so we’re really excited about starting the rollout of that in November.”


Thank you, Microsoft and Xbox for making every Xbox gamers dream come true!


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How Does Backwards Compatibility Work?

The technology behind Xbox One backwards compatibility is definitely an interest to gamers.

First of all, it wasn’t a simple task for Xbox engineers to design the Xbox 360 emulator that’s inside of the Xbox One, but they did it.

Here’s how backwards compatibility works on your Xbox One:

For physical copy: 

  • Check to see if the Xbox 360 game is backwards compatible by looking at the in-game catalogue.
  • Next, insert the disc into the console and the console will begin to download the game onto the hard drive.
  • Now, once the game is finished downloading, you will still need to keep the disc in the console to play.
  • Finally, you’re ready to game on!

For digital copy:

  • Check to see if the digital version a player owns is available in the in-game catalogue first.
  • After the game is found, hit the “ready to install” option.
  • Wait for the game to download, and once that’s done it will show up in the player’s Game Library.
  • Finally, start playing!

In summary, it’s simple and accessible to gamers.


Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games

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Curve your Xbox 360 gaming urge with the ultimate list of games that are available to play right now on Xbox One.

A Kingdom for KeflingsA World of KeflingsAegis Wing
Age of BootyAlan WakeAlan Wake's American Nightmare
Alien Hominid HDAltered BeastAnomaly Warzone Earth
Arkanoid LiveAssassin's CreedAssassin's Creed II
Asteroids & DeluxeAquaBabel Rising
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n BoltsBanjo TooieBanjo Kazooie
BattleBlock TheaterBattlestations: MidwayBayonetta
Bejeweled 2Bejeweled 3Bellator: MMA Onslaught
Beyond Good & Evil HDBionic Commando Rearmed 2Bloodforge
Blood KnightsBlood of the WerewolfBloodRayne: Betrayal
Blue DragonBomberman Live: BattlefestBoom Boom Rocket
BorderlandsBound by FlameBraid
Brain ChallengeCall of Duty 2Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty: Black OpsCall of Duty: World at WarCall of Juarez Gunslinger
Capcom Arcade CabinetCarcassonneCastle Crashers
CastlestormCastlevania: Symphony of the NightThe Cave
Centipede & MillipedeComic JumperComix Zone
CondemnedCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveCrazy Taxi
Crystal QuestCrystal DefendersDark Souls
Dark Voidde Blob 2Dead Space
Deadliest Warrior: LegendsDeathspank: Thongs of VirtueDefense Grid
Deus Ex: Human RevolutionDeus Ex: Human Revolution Director's CutDig Dug
Dirt 3Dirt ShowdownDiscs of Tron
Disney Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseDomino MasterDoom
Doom IIDoom 3: BFG EditionDoritos Crash Course
Double Dragon: NeonDragon's LairDuckTales Remastered
Duke Nukem: Manhattan ProjectDungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of MystaraDungeon Siege III
E4: Every Extend Extra ExtremeEarthworm Jim HDEat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
Encleverment ExperimentFable IIFable III
Faery: Legends of AvalonFallout 3Fallout: New Vegas
Far Cry 3 Blood DragonFeeding FrenzyFeeding Frenzy 2
Final Fight: Double ImpactFlashbackFlock
Forza HorizonFret NiceFrogger
Frogger 2FunTown MahjongGalaga
Galaga LegionsGalaga Legions DXGarou: Mark of the Wolves
Gatling GearsGears of WarGears of War 2
Gears of War 3Gears of War: JudgmentGeometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of SlimeGolden AxeGo! Go! Break Steady
Grid 2GripshiftGuardian Heroes
Gunstar HeroesGuwangeHalf-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
Halo: ReachHalo: Spartan AssaultHalo Wars
Hardwood BackgammonHardwood HeartsHardwood Spades
Heavy WeaponHexic 2Hexic HD
Hydro ThunderI Am AliveIkaruga
Interpol: The Trail of Dr. ChaosIron BrigadeJeremy McGrath's Offroad
Jet Set RadioJet Set RadioJetpac Refuelled
Joe Danger Special EditionJoe Danger 2: The MovieJoust
Joy Ride TurboJurassic Park: The GameJust Cause 2
KameoKane & Lynch 2Killer Is Dead
The King of Fighters '98Lazy RaidersLeft 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2Lego BatmanLego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Lego Star Wars: The Complete SagaLimboLode Runner
Lost OdysseyLumines Live!Magic: The Gathering 2012
Mars: War LogsMass EffectMass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3The MawMetal Slug 3
Metal Slug XXMight & Magic Clash of HeroesMirror’s Edge
Missile CommandMonaco: What's Yours Is MineMonday Night Combat
Monkey Island: SEMonkey Island 2: SEMotocross Madness
Ms. Splosion ManMs Pac-ManMutant Blobs Attack
MX vs. ATV ReflexN+NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
Neogeo Battle ColiseumNights Into DreamsOf Orcs and Men
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon RisingOperation Flashpoint: Red RiverThe Orange Box
OutlandPac-ManPac-Man C.E
Pac-Man CE DX+Pac-Man MuseumPeggle
Perfect DarkPerfect Dark ZeroPhantasy Star II
Phantom Breaker: Battle GroundsPinball FXPlants vs. Zombies
Portal: Still AlivePortal 2Prince of Persia
Putty SquadPuzzle Quest Puzzle Quest 2
Puzzle Quest: GalactrixQIX++ PuzzlegeddonRage
Rayman 3 HDRayman OriginsRed Dead Redemption
Red Faction: BattlegroundsR-Type DimensionsRunner 2
Sacred 3Sacred CitadelSaints Row IV
Sam & Max: Beyond Time & SpaceSam & Max Save the WorldSamurai Shodown II
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.Sega Vintage Collection: Monster WorldSega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Shadow ComplexShank 2Shred Nebula
Silent Hill: DownpourSkullgirlsSmall Arms
Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedSonic & KnucklesSonic CD
Sonic The FightersSonic The HedgehogSonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II
SoulcaliburSoulcalibur IISouth Park: The Stick of Truth
Space GiraffeSpelunkySplosion Man
SSXStar Wars: The Force UnleashedStar Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Super Meat BoySupreme Commander 2Syberia
Tekken Tag Tournament 2Texas Hold 'EmTicket to Ride
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six VegasTom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2Torchlight
Tour de France 2009Tour de France 2011Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers Cold WarToy Story 3Trials HD
Tron: EvolutionUgly Americans: ApocalypsegeddonUnbound Saga
Virtua Fighter 5 Final ShowdownViva PiñataViva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
The Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsWolfenstein 3DWorld Puzzle
XCOM: Enemy UnknownZumaZuma's Revenge!

Are we missing a backwards compatibility game on our list? Let us know!

Currently, this is what Xbox has to offer for backwards compatibility, but Xbox will be releasing hundreds of more titles each and every month.

We’ll continue to update this list with recent backwards compatibility releases, so stay tuned!


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