Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: LIMBO & More

If you’re upgrading to Microsoft’s Xbox One from the now discontinued Xbox 360, the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program is the best thing the company has done in a long time.


The Xbox 360 has a huge library. If Microsoft’s plan works out, gamers will be able to take their favorite titles with them when they do eventually upgrade. Users can have the latest features, while still playing the games they know and love. Better, the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program gives the Xbox One something that the PlayStation doesn’t have without users paying for PlayStation Now.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program, and what Microsoft is promising to deliver with it.

How Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Works

As described by Microsoft at E3 2015, the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program is almost magical in its simplicity. The program revolves around Microsoft and its publishing partners working through their back catalog of Xbox 360 games to add support for Xbox One. Video game developers don’t have to rewrite their game. Instead, Microsoft emulates the Xbox 360 inside the Xbox One.


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As far as the game knows, it’s still running on the Xbox 360. You have access to the same multiplayer modes that you did with the Xbox 360 version of the game. The familiar Xbox Guide from the Xbox 360 surfaces in each game too. Cloud saves are imported to the Xbox One, provided that users still have them. This means that you can pick up exactly where you left off on titles you haven’t touched in ages.

Besides offering up Live’s online capabilities, games in the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program pick up some features specific to Xbox One games. Users can record video and take screenshots from their Xbox 360 games.

Also, Xbox 360 games surface Achievements in the Activity Feed when they’re unlocked. Switching between two digital Xbox 360 games doesn’t require you to switch discs, though switching between to physical Xbox 360 games does.

Xbox One Backward Compatibility Is Free

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The key to making the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program relevant is ease of use. Microsoft can say that it supports backward compatibility all it wants, but if it’s too difficult to get going, no one will use it.

Digital Xbox 360 games that you’ve purchased surface in the Xbox One’s My Games and Apps menu once they’re available .They’re easily identifiable as they have their original cover complete with an Xbox 360 logo to the side. Download them to your console and you’re ready to go. Because Xbox 360 titles had smaller file sizes, the download should go by quickly.

You can purchase compatible Xbox 360 games from the Xbox Store now too, with new titles surfacing when they’re available.

For owners of disc-based Xbox 360 games, there’s only a bit more work required for Xbox One backwards compatibility. Simply putting in your Xbox 360 game disc into your Xbox One unlocks a compatible version for the Xbox One. The same stipulations apply, not just any game will work; it’ll need to be among the titles supported. The game will install a companion digital version on your Xbox One.

You’ll need to hang on to your disc to use that digital game that’s downloaded.


Exciting Changes in Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

With the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program in full swing, Microsoft has taken some major, major strides. In September the program saw the very high profile release of Call of Duty World at War

Second, the company recently revealed that games with multiple disks are now eligible for the program. That’s a huge development, as many games later in the Xbox 360’s lifespan needed multiple discs due to the Xbox One only having a DVD drive. L.A. Noire and Mass Effect 3 are just two examples of games that can now be added to the program if their publishers decide to make them available.

Titles That Support Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Available Today

Microsoft kicked off the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program with a list of 100+ games. Since then, it has added new titles at a steady clip. Some of them are big brands that you’ll remember. Others are Arcade and independently developed titles from the Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 games available through Xbox One Backwards Compatibility today are:


  • A
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Altered Beast
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Anomaly Warzone Earh
  • Aqua
  • Arkanoid LIVE!
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Asteroids & Deluxe


  • B
  • Babel Rising
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • Bayonetta
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Bloodforge
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge


  • C
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Call of Duty World at War
  • Call of Juarez® Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • The Cave
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Condemned
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest


  • D
  • Dark Void
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deathspank TOV
  • de Blob 2
  • Defense Grid
  • DiRT 3
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3 BFG
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • DuckTales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeons & Dragkons: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Dungeon Siege III


  • E
  • E4
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Eat Lead
  • EnclevermentExperiment


  • F
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • Flock!
  • Forza Horizon
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • FunTown Mahjong


  • G
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Ghostbusters: Santum of Slime
  • Golden Axe
  • Go! Go! Break Study
  • Grid 2
  • Gripshift
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange


  • H
  • Half-Minute Hero Super Mego New Climax
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexix 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hydro Thunder


  • I
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade


  • J
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Jurassic Park
  • Just Cause 2


  • K
  • Kameo
  • Kane & Lynch 2
  • Killer Is Dead


  • L
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: TCS
  • Limbo
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey


  • M
  • Mass Effect
  • Magic 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Missile Command
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island: SE
  • Monkey Island 2: SE
  • Monopoly Plus
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • MX vs ATV Reflex


  • N
  • N+
  • NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
  • NEOGEo Battle Coliseum
  • NiGHTS into dream…


  • O
  • OF: Dragon Rising
  • Of Orcs and Men
  • Outland


  • P
  • PAC-MAN Museum
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Portal 2
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Prince of Persia
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzlegeddon
  •  QIX++
  • Rage (Only for those that have a disc)
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction Battlegrounds
  • Runner2
  • R-Type Dimensions


  • S
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown 2
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shank 2
  • Shred Nebula
  • Silent Hill Downpour
  • Skullgirls
  • Small Arms
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing
  • Sonic and Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic The Fighters
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 2
  • Space Giraffe
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Siberia


  • T
  • TC’s RainbowSix Vegas
  • Texas Hold’em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TC’s RainbowSix Vegas2
  • The Maw
  • The Orange Box
  • The Stick of Truth
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Torchlight
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Tour De France 2009
  • Tour De France 2011
  • Trials HD
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Tron: Evolution


  • U
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon


  • V
  • Virtua Figther 5 Final Showdown
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise


  • W
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Word Puzzle


  • X
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Unbound Saga


  • Z
  • Zuma
  • Zuma’s Revenge!

Microsoft plans to keep adding to this list as time goes on.  You can keep checking here for new titles. Early on, the company would hold a set of games, then announce them all once a month. It decided to throw that idea out roughly a month ago, adding new games to the program whenever they’re ready.

Because Microsoft has to work directly with partners to make new titles available, predicting what titles are next is complicated. Microsoft is encouraging users to show support by voting for their favorite games to make it into the program using the Xbox Feedback website.

Games that are given to Xbox 360 users as part of the Games with Gold program will always come to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program, Microsoft says. In recent months the firm has also partnered up with publishers to include older games with their new titles. Just Cause 3 included a code for a free download of Just Cause 2. Quantum Break will come with a free copy of Alan Wake.