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Xbox360 Backward Compatible Games Revealed

If you’re a preview member you can now access some of Xbox 360 digital arcade games. Phil Spencer yesterday  told the world at E3 all about one of Microsoft best-kept secrets. After more than a year of saying it couldn’t be done, the Xbox One really is backwards compatible, so you now can play most of your Xbox 360 games on your next-gen console.

Here’e the list of Current Xbox 360 titles that are playable on Xbox One: Digitally purchased games will start showing up automatically in your game library:

  • A Kingdom of Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Super Meat Boy*
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Zuma

*Cloud saved games are not supported for this title

Q: How do I play an Xbox 360 game on my Xbox One?

A:  You must own a supported Xbox 360 title. (For a list of supported titles, see below)  If you have a supported digital version of the game, you can install the game from the “Ready to Install” section of My games & apps.  If you have a disk version of the game, you can simply insert the disk into your Xbox One console.

Q: Where is Borderlands? You showed it, but I don’t see it in Preview.

A: We are continuing to finalize all the necessary packaging and validation work with our partners to bring your favorite games to the program as soon as possible. While not part of the Preview launch, stay tuned to find out when Borderlands will be available through Xbox One Backward Compatibility. 

Q: What about my other Xbox 360 games?

A: We are continuing to add more titles.  Not all titles will be supported but check back and see if your titles have been added to the list. Or go to Xbox Feedback to suggest your favorites.

Q: Do I need to also own an Xbox 360 Console to play these games?

A: No, you do not need to own an Xbox 360 console. 

Q: Can I buy these games from the Xbox One store?

A: If you want to purchase these games, you can buy them digitally from the store on your Xbox 360 console, or xbox.com (search for titles in Xbox 360 games) or from your local retailer.

Q: How do I get to the Xbox 360 Guide on my Xbox One?

A: While playing your Xbox 360 game on Xbox One, you can access the Xbox 360 Guide by pressing the Menu and View buttons on your Xbox One controller at the same time. (Note: some games have additional functionality when pressing either the Menu or the View button individually. Be mindful there may be unexpected behavior if you press one button prior to the other. Check the Game Specific Issues in the Known Issues for workarounds in specific titles.)

Q: Can I continue a game that I started on my Xbox 360?

A: If you have saved your games to the cloud from an Xbox 360, you will be able to continue that game on the Xbox One.  Some titles do not support cloud storage. In those cases, game saves will not be recovered on the Xbox One. Please refer to the list below to see which titles do not support cloud storage. For help on saving your games to the cloud from your Xbox 360 console, check the following articles:

Setting up cloud storage on 360: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/games/cloud-save-games

Troubleshooting: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/games/cloud-save-troubleshoot

FAQ: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-360/games/game-saves-in-the-cloud-faq

Q: I saved my game on Xbox One but don’t see the saved game on my Xbox 360. What happened to my game?

A:  Xbox 360 game saves are uploaded after you quit the game on Xbox One.  You must quit it from Home or launch another non-backward compatible game in order for the save to be uploaded.  If you turn off your console, it will be uploaded when you turn it back on. 

Q: Can I play multiplayer with friends who are playing the game on Xbox 360 or Xbox One?

A:  Yes!  For games that have multiplayer, you will be able to play with others who own the title on Xbox 360.  For Xbox One users, only members of the Public Preview audience who own the game will be able to play with you during this beta.

Q: Will I need to earn my game achievements again on the Xbox One?

A: No, if you originally earned the game achievement on the Xbox 360 you will not get duplicate achievements nor lose your previous achievements.


This is huge news, Xbox 360 has such a diverse catalogue of Digital games and now most are heading our way. So out of all the digital games on Xbox 360 right now, which game would you like to see on your Xbox one?

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