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With the release of the new Xbox One dashboard happening in only three days one of the biggest new changes that will also come is the beginning of backwards compatibility. Backwards Compatibility will allow you to play certain Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One, and both digital and physical versions of these games can be played, although physical ones will trigger a download for it as it is not actually reading the game from the disk.

Some of the bigger titles that will be part of Backwards Compatibility include Halo: Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the Bioshock franchise. If you have one of these games, or one of the other Backwards Compatible titles then it is really easy to get them onto your Xbox One. If you have the title digitally then you need to simply go to your “My games and apps” section and scroll over to “Ready to Install” once you are there you can install your Backwards Compatibility 360 game as you would an Xbox One game. If you have a disc version of the game then you need to put your Xbox 360 disc in the Xbox One drive, your Xbox One will recognize what game it is and download the right game for you. You will still need the physical disc to be in the drive to be able to play the 360 version on your Xbox One.

Here is the full list of available titles:

A Kingdom for Keflings Lode Runner™
A World of Keflings LUMINES LIVE!
Alien Hominid HD Mass Effect™
Assassin’s Creed II Metal Slug 3
Asteroids & Deluxe Metal Slug XX
Banjo Kazooie®: Nuts & Bolts Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™
Banjo-Kazooie® Mirror’s Edge™
Banjo-Tooie® Missile Command
BattleBlock Theater Monday Night Combat
Bejeweled 2 Monkey Island: Special Edition
Bellator: MMA Onslaught Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
Beyond Good & Evil HD Ms. Splosion Man™
Blood of the Werewolf Mutant Blobs Attack!!!
BloodRayne: Betrayal N+
Borderlands NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
Call of Juarez® Gunslinger NiGHTS into dreams…
Castle Crashers Operation Flashpoint™: Dragon Rising
CastleStorm Pac-Man: Championship Edition™
Centipede & Millipede Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+
Condemned: Criminal Origins Perfect Dark
Crazy Taxi™ Perfect Dark Zero
Deadliest Warrior: Legends Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds
Defense Grid: The Awakening Pinball FX™
DiRT 3 Plants vs. Zombies
DiRT Showdown Prince of Persia
Discs of Tron Putty Squad
Doom Rayman 3 HD
Doom II R-Type Dimensions™
Dungeon Siege III Sacred Citadel
Earthworm Jim HD Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Fable II Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
Fallout 3 Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
Feeding Frenzy Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown Shadow Complex
Gears of War Sonic CD
Gears of War 2 Sonic The Hedgehog
Gears of War 3 Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Gears of War: Judgment Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Golden Axe™ Super Meat Boy
Halo: Spartan Assault Supreme Commander 2
Hardwood Backgammon® Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
Hardwood Hearts® Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas 2
Hardwood Spades® South Park: The Stick of Truth™
Heavy Weapon Torchlight
Hexic HD Toy Soldiers
Ikaruga Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Jetpac Refuelled Tron: Evolution
Joy Ride Turbo Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
Just Cause 2 Viva Piñata
Kameo™: Elements of Power Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Wolfenstein 3D
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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It’s also good to know that from this month on every Games with Gold for the Xbox 360 will also be a backwards compatible title so you no longer need to pull out your 360 to download and play them anymore. At the moment there is no Xbox 360 section to the Xbox One store so if you wish to purchase any of these games or redeem Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles you will need to use an Xbox 360 or Xbox.com.

If you don’t see a game that you want on Backwards Compatible you can head to http://xbox.uservoice.com/  to either vote for what Backwards Compatibility titles you’d like to see, or if you don’t see your game suggested then you can add it yourself.

Are you excited to see Backwards Compatibility coming to the Xbox One? Which game on the list are you most excited for?

Update: Changed that Halo Reach and other games mentioned in the second paragraph will not be available on November 12th but are planned for the future


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.



  • ParasiteX

    I would love to get some tech data on how they managed to get that emulated on the Xbone.
    Plus, seeing this emulator ported to Windows would be awesome.

  • Alex Santa Maria

    Very bummed that there aren’t more retail games on the list from the get go, especially the first party games.

  • PossiblyCthulhu

    Not an exactly stunning first round of titles to be honest, but a good start.

  • Scruffy, the Janitor

    No New Vegas, either ES titles, BL2m Pre Sequel, so on. I know they said there’d be more but I’m disappointed with this list.I can’t wait until it grows.

    It is good seeing Gears and Halo up there though I suppose.

  • GrimFate

    Me too. I predicted there wouldn’t be native backwards compatibility when I first saw the specs for the Xbox One and noticed the core speed for its CPU was slower than that of the Xbox 360. I am keen to know how they overcame this, and any of the other challenges that ensued 😀

  • GrimFate

    Is a rather disappointing list. Assassin’s Creed 2, but not the first? Only Mass Effect 1? Fable 2 and 3, but no Anniversary Edition? Where’s Halo?! As I already own the Gears of War remaster and Rare Replay pack, I think the only game on that list I will consider playing on my One any time soon will be Condemned. But definitely happy to wait if it means most 360 games will get the B/C treatment 😀 Let’s just hope they don’t abandon this like they did for the B/C on the 360.

  • Mr. Snrub

    Sony is really stupid for not doing this as well.

  • ParasiteX

    There are most likely far moreengineering hurdles to overcome, trying to emulate the PS3s Cell CPU. Compared to the Power PC one used in the 360.. still.. surprised they managed to emulate it at all with the AMD CPUs in the new consoles..

  • Andrew Stretch

    Backwards Compatibility simply gives what it says, it allows you to play some Xbox 360 titles that you already own on your Xbox One. Most of the things that you are asking about would take effort on each specific game due to so many differences in things like engine, etc