Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: 300+ Xbox 360 Games on Xbox One

Why pay to play your favorite games from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, when you can get them for free? That’s what Microsoft asks gamers with the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program.

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Whereas Sony charges for access to older titles through the PS4, Xbox One allows you to take your favorite games with you when you upgrade. Even though you’re playing an Xbox 360 game on your newer console, you still get many of the game’s features, plus the ability to record gameplay and more.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program and a list of every game that currently works with the program.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If a game is listed as “Disc Only,” those with a digital copy of the game can’t use that copy to play on their Xbox One.

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
  • Astropop

 

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  • B
  • Babel Rising
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 3 (Disc Only)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • Bayonetta
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Bloodforge
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bully Scholarship Edition
  • Burnout Paradise

 

  • 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
  • Catherine
  • The Cave
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • CLANNAD
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Condemned
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest

 

  • D
  • Dark Void
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deathspank TOV
  • de Blob 2
  • Defense Grid
  • DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
  • DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION Director’s Cut
  • DIG DUG
  • DiRT 3
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3 BFG
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origin
  • 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
  • Escape Dead Island

 

  • 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
  • Ghostbusters: Santum of Slime
  • Golden Axe
  • Go! Go! Break Study
  • Grid 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange

 

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

 

  • I
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (Disc Only)
  • 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
  • LUMINES LIVE!

 

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

 

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

 

  • O
  • Oblivion
  • OF: Dragon Rising
  • OFP: Red River (Disc Only, except Japan)
  • Of Orcs and Men
  • Omega Five
  • Outland

 

  • P
  • PAC-MAN
  • PAC-MAN C.E
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • PAC-MAN Museum
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Pinball FX
  • Planets Under Attack
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Portal 2
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure (Disc Only)
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzlegeddon
    Q
  •  QIX++
    R
  • Rage (Only for those that have a disc)
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Rayman Legends
  • 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
  • Scrap Metal
  • Scarygirl
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadow Run
  • Shank 2
  • Shred Nebula
  • Shotest Shogi
  • Siberia
  • Silent Hill Downpour
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Skydive
  • 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
  • SOULCALIBUR
  • Space Ark
  • Space Giraffe
  • Spelunky
  • The Splatters
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • Strania
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Supreme Commander 2

 

  • 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
  • Trine 2
  • 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.