Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Since the release of Xbox One Backward Compatibility with the New Xbox One Experience it has been one of the most popular features included in the update. Xbox fans have been enjoying the opportunity to play some of their favorite Xbox 360 titles on their Xbox One, with more titles being added regularly to the list of available games.

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In order to address a number of the questions and concerns I receive about Xbox One Backward Compatibility, I wanted to update my previous post on the topic with an overview of the capability, address some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and mention the most important element of Backward Compatibility – the current list of Xbox One Backward Compatibly titles (Download the list as a .pdf file).

Xbox One Backward Compatibility List

(Last Update: 27 September 2016)

Content Title Content Type Publisher Status
E4 Games On Demand Microsoft Studios NEW
EnclevermentExperiment Games On Demand Microsoft Studios NEW
FunTown Mahjong Games On Demand Microsoft Studios NEW
Call of Duty: World at War Games On Demand Activision NEW
Call of Duty 3 Games On Demand Activision 2016-09-22
Word Puzzle Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-09-20
Bound by Flame Games On Demand Focus Home Interactive 2016-09-15
The Maw Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-09-15
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Arcade Sega 2016-09-15
Bayonetta Games On Demand Sega 2016-09-08
de Blob 2 Games On Demand THQ Inc. 2016-09-08
ARKANOID Live! Arcade TAITO Corporation 2016-09-08
QIX++ Arcade TAITO Corporation 2016-09-08
Of Orcs and Men (not available in all regions) Games On Demand Focus Home Interactive 2016-09-08
Bejeweled 3 Arcade PopCap Games 2016-09-06
Deathspank T.O.V. Arcade Electronic Arts 2016-09-06
Gatling Gears Arcade Intergrow Inc. 2016-09-06
Forza Horizon Games On Demand Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios 2016-08-30
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Arcade SEGA 2016-08-30
Joust Arcade Xbox Live Arcade 2016-08-25
Call of Duty 2 Games On Demand Activision 2016-08-23
Bomberman Battlefest Arcade Hudson Entertainment 2016-08-18
Shank 2 Arcade Electronic Arts 2016-08-11
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Arcade Ubisoft 2016-08-09
NIN2-JUMP Arcade Cave 2016-08-02
NEW RALLY-X Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-08-02
Mr. DRILLER Online Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-08-02
Triggerheart Exelica Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-07-28
Boom Boom Rocket Arcade Electronic Arts 2016-07-26
Syberia Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-07-26
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 Episode I Arcade SEGA 2016-07-21
SONIC 4 Episode II Arcade SEGA 2016-07-21
CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET Arcade CAPCOM 2016-07-21
PAC-MAN MUSEUM Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-07-21
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Arcade CAPCOM 2016-07-21
NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM Arcade SNK Playmore 2016-07-21
CRYSTAL DEFENDERS Arcade Square Enix 2016-07-21
Fret Nice Arcade TECMO 2016-07-21
Tour de France 2009 Arcade Focus Home Interactive 2016-07-19
HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo Climax- Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-07-19
FLOCK! Arcade Capcom 2016-07-19
Interpol Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-07-14
Red Dead Redemption Games On Demand Rockstar Games 2016-07-07
Bloodforge Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-30
Mars: War Logs Arcade Focus Home Interactive 2016-06-30
Gripshift Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-30
Go! Go! Break Steady Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-30
Fallout: New Vegas Games On Demand Bethesda Softworks 2016-06-23
Blood Knights Arcade Kalypso Media 2016-06-23
Red Faction: Battlegrounds Arcade THQ 2016-06-23
Joe Danger Special Edition Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-23
Crystal Quest Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-23
Comic Jumper Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-23
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Arcade Capcom 2016-06-23
I Am Alive Arcade Ubisoft 2016-06-23
Left 4 Dead Games On Demand Electronic Arts 2016-06-16
Portal 2 Games On Demand Electronic Arts 2016-06-16
Flashback Arcade Ubisoft 2016-06-16
Babel Rising (not avail in Xbox 360 store) Arcade Ubisoft 2016-06-16
Brain Challenge Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-16
MONOPOLY PLUS Games On Demand Ubisoft 2016-06-09
Foul Play Arcade Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd. 2016-06-09
SEGA Bass Fishing Arcade Sega 2016-06-09
XCOM: Enemy Within Games On Demand 2K 2016-06-09
Aqua Arcade Xbox LIVE Arcade 2016-06-07
Anomaly Warzone Earth Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-07
Lazy Raiders Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-06-07
SSX Games On Demand EA Sports 2016-05-26
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Games On Demand 2K Games 2016-05-24
DuckTales: Remastered Arcade Capcom 2016-05-24
Magic 2012 Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-05-24
Hexic 2 Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-05-24
Domino Master Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-05-24
Unbound Saga Arcade Activision 2016-05-24
Call of Duty: Black Ops Arcade Activision 2016-05-17
Final Fight: Double Impact Arcade Capcom 2016-05-10
Puzzlegeddon Arcade Tecmo 2016-05-10
Frogger 2 Arcade Konami 2016-05-10
Faery: Legends of Avalon Arcade Focus Home Interactive 2016-05-10
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut Arcade Square Enix 2016-05-10
Phantasy Star II Arcade Sega 2016-05-05
DIG DUG Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-05-05
Samurai Shodown II Arcade SNK Playmore 2016-05-05
Runner2  Arcade Aksys Games 2016-05-05
Sonic & Knuckles Arcade Sega 2016-05-05
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Games On Demand Disney Interactive Studios 2016-05-04
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Games On Demand Disney Interactive Studios 2016-05-04
Jet Set Radio Arcade Sega 2016-05-03
MX vs. ATV Reflex Games On Demand THQ 2016-05-03
Texas Hold ‘Em Arcade Gearbox Software 2016-05-03
Galaga Legions DX Arcade Microsoft Studios 2016-04-28
Frogger Arcade Konami 2016-04-28
Double Dragon Neon Arcade Majesco Entertainment 2016-04-26
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime Arcade Atari 2016-04-26
The Cave Arcade SEGA 2016-04-26
Altered Beast Arcade SEGA 2016-04-26
Comix Zone Arcade SEGA 2016-04-26
Rayman Origins Games On Demand Ubisoft 2016-04-21
Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine Arcade Majesco Entertainment 2016-04-14
DOOM 3 BFG Edition (only available on disc) Games On Demand Bethesda Softworks 2016-04-14
Garou: Mark of the Wolves Arcade SNK PLAYMORE 2016-04-12
Sonic the Fighters Arcade SEGA 2016-04-12
Duke Nukem Manhattan Project Arcade Gearbox Software 2016-04-12
Gunstar Heroes Arcade Sega 2016-04-06
Outland Arcade Ubisoft 2016-04-06
Saints Row IV Games On Demand Deep Silver 2016-03-13
Dead Space Games On Demand Electronic Arts 2016-03-30
Sacred 3 Games On Demand Deep Silver
Assassin’s Creed II Games On Demand Ubisoft
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Borderlands Games On Demand 2K Games
CastleStorm Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Condemned: Criminal Origins Games On Demand Sega
DiRT 3 Games On Demand Codemasters
DiRT Showdown Games On Demand Codemasters
Dungeon Siege III Games On Demand Square Enix
Fable II Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Fallout 3 Games On Demand Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Gears of War 2 Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Gears of War 3 Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Gears of War: Judgment Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Just Cause 2 Games On Demand Square Enix
Kameo: Elements of Power Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Games On Demand Disney Interactive Studios
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga Games On Demand Disney Interactive Studios
Mass Effect Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Mirror’s Edge Games On Demand Electronic Arts
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Games On Demand Codemasters
Perfect Dark Zero Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Supreme Commander 2 Games On Demand Square Enix
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas Games On Demand Ubisoft
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Games On Demand Ubisoft
South Park: The Stick of Truth Games On Demand Ubisoft
Tron: Evolution Games On Demand Disney Interactive Studios
Viva Piñata Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise Games On Demand Microsoft Studios
A Kingdom for Keflings Arcade Microsoft Studios
A World of Keflings Arcade Microsoft Studios
Alien Hominid HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Asteroids & Deluxe Arcade Atari
Banjo-Kazooie Arcade Microsoft Studios
Banjo-Tooie Arcade Microsoft Studios
BattleBlock Theater Arcade Microsoft Studios
Bejeweled 2 Arcade Microsoft Studios
Bellator: MMA Onslaught Arcade 345 Games
Beyond Good & Evil HD Arcade Ubisoft
Blood of the Werewolf Arcade Midnight City
BloodRayne: Betrayal Arcade Majesco Entertainment
Call of Juarez Gunslinger Arcade Ubisoft
Castle Crashers Arcade Microsoft Studios
Centipede & Millipede Arcade Atari
Crazy Taxi Arcade Sega
Deadliest Warrior: Legends Arcade 345 Games / Spike Games
Defense Grid: The Awakening Arcade Microsoft Studios
Discs of Tron Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Doom Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Doom II Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Earthworm Jim HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Feeding Frenzy Arcade Microsoft Studios
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Arcade PopCap Games
Golden Axe Arcade Sega
Halo: Spartan Assault Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Backgammon Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Hearts Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hardwood Spades Arcade Microsoft Studios
Heavy Weapon Arcade Microsoft Studios
Hexic HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
Ikaruga Arcade Microsoft Studios
Jetpac Refuelled Arcade Microsoft Studios
Joy Ride Turbo Arcade Microsoft Studios
Lode Runner Arcade Microsoft Studios
LUMINES LIVE! Arcade Microsoft Studios
Metal Slug 3 Arcade SNK PLAYMORE
Metal Slug XX Arcade SNK PLAYMORE
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes Arcade Ubisoft
Missile Command Arcade Atari
Monday Night Combat Arcade Microsoft Studios
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Monkey Island: Special Edition Arcade Disney Interactive Studios
Ms. Splosion Man Arcade Microsoft Studios
Mutant Blobs Attack!!! Arcade Midnight City
N+ Arcade Microsoft Studios
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition Arcade Electronic Arts
NiGHTS into dreams… Arcade Sega
Pac-Man: Championship Edition Arcade Bandai Namco
Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ Arcade Bandai Namco
Perfect Dark Arcade Microsoft Studios
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Arcade Mages.
Pinball FX Arcade Microsoft Studios
Plants vs. Zombies Arcade PopCap
Prince of Persia Arcade Ubisoft
Putty Squad Arcade System 3 Software Ltd
Rayman 3 HD Arcade Ubisoft
R-Type Dimensions Arcade Microsoft Studios
Sacred Citadel Arcade Deep Silver
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co. Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World Arcade Sega
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage Arcade Sega
Shadow Complex Arcade Microsoft Studios
Sonic CD Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Arcade Sega
Sonic The Hedgehog 3 Arcade Sega
Super Meat Boy Arcade Microsoft Studios
Torchlight Arcade Microsoft Studios
Toy Soldiers Arcade Microsoft Studios
Toy Soldiers: Cold War Arcade Microsoft Studios
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon Arcade 345 Games / Comedy Central
Wolfenstein 3D Arcade Bethesda Softworks
Zuma Arcade Microsoft Studios
Braid Arcade Microsoft Studios
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION Games On Demand SQUARE ENIX
Doritos Crash Course Arcade Microsoft Studios
Fable III Games On Demand Microsoft Game Studios
Halo: Reach Games On Demand Microsoft Game Studios
Hydro Thunder Arcade Microsoft Studios
Iron Brigade Arcade Microsoft Studios
Kane & Lynch 2 Games On Demand Square Enix Ltd
Motocross Madness Arcade Microsoft Studios
MS. PAC-MAN Arcade BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Peggle Arcade PopCap Games, Inc.
Portal: Still Alive Arcade Microsoft Studios
Spelunky Arcade Microsoft Studios
Splosion Man Arcade Microsoft Studios
Ticket to Ride Arcade Microsoft Studios
Zuma’s Revenge! Arcade PopCap Games
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Games On Demand CD Projekt Red
Sam & Max Save the World Arcade Microsoft Studios
Aegis Wing Arcade Xbox LIVE Arcade
Counter-Strike: GO Arcade Valve Corporation
Age of Booty Arcade Capcom
Space Giraffe Arcade Microsoft Studios
Soulcalibur Arcade Namco
Skullgirls Arcade MarvelousAQL
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad Arcade D3Publisher
Small Arms Arcade Microsoft Studios
Trials HD Arcade Microsoft Studios
LEGO Batman Games On Demand Warner Bros. Interactive
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Arcade Microsoft Studios
Sam & Max Beyond Time & Space Arcade Microsoft Studios
Galaga Arcade Namco Bandai
Geometry Wars Evolved Arcade Microsoft Studios
Carcassonne Arcade Microsoft Studios
Alan Wake Games On Demand Microsoft 2016-03-17
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Arcade Konami 2016-03-17
PAC-MAN Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-03-17
Dark Void Games On Demand Capcom 2016-03-21
GRID 2 Games On Demand Codemasters 2016-03-21
Assassin’s Creed Games On Demand Ubisoft 2016-03-21
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games On Demand Bandai Namco 2016-03-23
Dark Souls Games On Demand Bandai Namco 2016-03-23
Halo Wars Games On Demand Microsoft 2016-03-28
Soul Calibur II HD Arcade Bandai Namco 2016-03-28
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Arcade SNK Playmore 2016-03-28
Left 4 Dead 2 Games On Demand Electronic Arts 2016-03-29

Backward Compatibility Features:

  • Available at no additional cost; you don’t have to pay to play games you already own.
  • Keep your Xbox 360 game saves, game add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore.
  • Enjoy the advanced features of your Xbox One like Game DVR, Screenshots and Windows 10 streaming.
  • Play multiplayer with your friends no matter which console they’re on.
  • Works with disc-based and digital games.

TIP: If you use Cloud Saved Games, your saved game data will be accessible on whichever console you’re playing on.

Xbox One Games Dash

How to install and play Xbox 360 backward compatible games on your Xbox One

  • Disc: For disc-based games that are a part of the Back Compat game catalog, simply insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive. After the game has finished downloading, you will still need to keep the game disc in the drive to play.
  • Digital: The digital titles that you own and are part of the Back Compat game catalog will automatically show up in the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One, and once they are installed they will show up in the Games section of your Xbox One.

TIP: To open the Xbox 360 dashboard from within the Xbox One environment, hold the view and menu buttons.

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How to purchase Xbox 360 games if you don’t own an Xbox 360

If you want to purchase an Xbox 360 title and don’t own or have access to an Xbox 360, you can still purchase the game digitally online from the Xbox marketplace. Simply log into your account at http://www.xbox.com and navigate to the catalog of Xbox 360 titles. Once you select a title, you will see the option to download it to your Xbox 360. Clicking on the download button actually brings up the purchasing screen. Once you purchase the game and the transaction is complete, the game will be registered to your account.

A few things to note:

  • You have to have a valid payment option on file to purchase any title.
  • If a game is free, you’re still required to “purchase” it – you just won’t be charged anything for it.
  • The Xbox 360 Marketplace and the Xbox One Store websites use different architecture, so if you have credit but no payment option associated with your account, you won’t be able to use the credit to purchase Xbox 360 titles. You will have to add a payment option or purchase the title using an Xbox 360 console.
  • Not all Xbox 360 games are backward compatible with Xbox One, but we will be adding more on a regular basis.  Check the current list of supported games here.

TIP: Every month Xbox Live Gold members get two free Xbox One and two free Xbox 360 games with the Games With Gold program. You can redeem these free games at http://www.xbox.com whether you own the console or not – as long as you have an account. If you don’t own an Xbox One and decide to purchase one in the future, you’ll already have a collection of games available to you. And if you don’t own an Xbox 360 and the games are added to the list of backward compatible games, you’ll be able to play them on your Xbox One.

Xbox One Backward Compatibility Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you give us a hint or confirm if (insert title here) is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility?

A: I cannot. Sorry. I’ll tweet out when we update the list of games that are backward compatible.

Q: I read on a gaming blog/new site that a certain game is coming to back combat you give us a hint or confirm when is is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility?

A: Any official Xbox One back combat news is posted on my blog and Xbox Wire. In addition the list at the top of this page (scroll up) will be updated with each backward compatibility update. That is the only information we have shared at this time. Specific title availability dates is not available.

Q: What date is (insert title here) coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility?

A: Unless it is on the list of current titles that are BC (at the top of this page) I can’t say. No hints will be given.

Q: HEY! I’d like to (insert title here) to be playable on Xbox One? MAKE THAT HAPPEN!

A: If you want an Xbox 360 game to be played on Xbox One via backward compatibility, you should contact the game publisher.

Q: Hey…how about a hint when the next list of Xbox One Back Compatibility list will be released?

A: Sorry, but I cannot. But I will update this post and tweet out when we update the list.

Q: Why can’t you even hint at when/if a title is coming to Xbox One Back Compatibility ?

A: I’ll let you know when a new list is released. That is the best I can do right now. You may not like it, but that is the answer.

Frequently Asked Questions from the official Xbox Backward Compatible Support page:

Q: Does backward compatibility cost extra?

A: No. Xbox One Backward Compatibility is free and allows you to play select Xbox 360 games you already own on Xbox One.

Q: Is Xbox Live Gold required for backward compatibility?

A: No. Xbox Live Gold is not required for Xbox One Backward Compatibility. However, it is required for any standard Xbox Live Gold feature like online multiplayer.

Q: Can I play games online with my friend if I’m on my Xbox One playing an Xbox 360 game and they are on an Xbox 360?

A: Yes, you can play backwards compatible games with your friends whether they are playing on Xbox One or Xbox 360.

Q: How are titles selected?

A: We’re starting with some of the most popular and highest rated Xbox 360 titles. We’re listening to our fans and working with our partners. We’ll continue to update this page as more titles are added. Let us know which Xbox 360 games you’re most excited to play on Xbox One by voting at the Xbox Feedback website.

Q: Will the DLC for backward compatible titles be available too?

A: Yes. If you own the DLC, you can install and use it just like you do on the Xbox 360. To install DLC you own, go to the Manage Game section for that specific title and install the DLC to your drive.

Q: Can I plug my removable hard drive from my Xbox 360 into my Xbox One?

A: No. The Xbox 360 Hard Drive is not compatible with the Xbox One. If you have an Xbox Live profile on Xbox 360, the profile will automatically download to your Xbox One console during setup.

For more information about Backward Compatibility, check out the official Xbox Support page here.