Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Games (Updated List August 18th 2017)

If you have an Xbox One like I do, you know that a few years ago in 2015 they started to do a backward compatibility feature for Xbox Preview Program users. Then in November 2015 it was made publicly available to everyone. If you don’t know what this is; you’re missing out. I know a lot of people that never even check the free games every month let alone know about the backward compatibility program!

Essentially what this allows you to do is take an old game from Xbox 360 and in turn play it on your Xbox One. Its actually a pretty good idea. It started out pretty slow for awhile there. A few games here and there, but now Xbox is actually up to 320 games! The biggest thing you need to understand with the backward compatibility feature is that the game HAS to be on disc ie; you cant take a game that was purchased digitally on your 360, save it to your external hard drive and then place it on your Xbox One. It simply does not work like this. However, the really nice thing, I think, is that most all 360 games on disc these days are pretty darn cheap. Also, you CAN buy the digital version from 360 to Xbox One. For example this one for Viva Pinata says Trouble In Paradise Xbox 360 – Xbox One Digital Code. As far as I know from my own experience ANY digital game from Xbox 360 that you buy on a website should be available on Xbox One.

Out of the 320 games now available for the backward compatibility feature I have somewhere around 50 games from the 360 that I can now play on my Xbox One. Xbox says that eventually they also want to take games from the Xbox Original and give those a backward compatibility feature as well, but I have a feeling we wont be seeing that for quite awhile to be honest.

Just the same, here is the GIANT list of games that offer the backward compatibility feature from xbox 360 to Xbox One. FYI this is an updated list from May 8th that I have collected.

Coming soon:

  • Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary

Most recently added to the backward compatibility list (last updated August 18th):

  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (added August 15)
  • Battlefield Bad Company!  (Added August 17th)
  • ScreamRide (added August 15)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Disney Bolt
  • Fighting Vipers

Also recently:

  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (August 3rd)
  • Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam and Earl (August 3rd)
  • Tomb Raider Underworld (July 27th)
  • GYRUSS (July 25th)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon (July 25th)
  • Raiden IV (July 25th)
  • Costume Quest 2 (July 19th)
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War (July 19th)
  • Quantum Conundrum (July 19th)
  • Virtua Fighter 2 (July 19th)

Complete list of every Xbox 360 game that’s currently playable on Xbox One:

  • 3D Ultra Minigolf
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Alaskan Adventures
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids and Deluxe
  • Astropop
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs (May 4)
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield 3 – disc only
  • Bayonetta
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good and Evil HD
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bloodforge
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Bound by Flame
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst-
  • Bully
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Calbela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Catherine
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Contra
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Commanders: Attack
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest
  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders 2
  • Dark Souls
  • Daytona USA
  • Dark Void
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Disney Bolt
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Eat Lead
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Escape Dead Island
  • F1 2014
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 3
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Flashback
  • Fighting Vipers
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Forza Horizon
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • 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: Retro Evolved
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Gin Rummy
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • GRID 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • GYRUSS
  • Half-Minute Hero – Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hydro Thunder
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joe Danger
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kameo
  • Kane and Lynch 2
  • King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
  • King of Fighters 2012 Unlimited Match
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Lumines Live!
  • Luxor 2 Arcade
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Magic 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might and 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
  • Moon Diver
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MS.PAC-MAN
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Nin2-Jump
  • Oblivion (The Elder Scrolls IV)
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Outland
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Portal 2
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Raiden IV
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • RoboBlitz
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row IV
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Sam and Max Save the World
  • Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd and Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam and Earl
  • Shadow Assault Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shinobi
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Small Arms
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • 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
  • Soul Caliber
  • Soul Caliber II HD
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Steinsgate (Japan only)
  • Strania
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold’em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • The Cave
  • The Orange Box
  • The Maw
  • The Splatters
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials HD
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Virtual On: OT
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Zuma
  • Zuma’s Revenge!

As you can see from the games above, this is a pretty big list of backward compatibility games and its not like its games that no one plays or wants to play. In fact, there were a few games that I was personally voting for on the list like Black Ops and Black Ops 2 because I loved and played them so much on the 360. When they finally got released I was SUPER excited. Another one I was excited about was Battlefield 3 because I love that game.

When playing an Xbox backward compatibility game there are 2 things you need to be aware of. Firstly, the “intro” screen will start and it will be the 360 start up. Second off the menu, of course, is changed. If you want to see things like achievements, messages, etc you have to press the view and menu buttons at the same thing.

You can also view this link and go to the backward compatibility suggestions page. This is a page that Xbox created so that people can let Xbox know which games they would like to have put on the list next. You can only vote one time per game so make sure you use your votes wisely. For example, right now Skyrim has 175,803 votes at the time of writing this so chances are that will be the next game that is available. Below that you see 175,572 votes for Modern Warfare 2 and so on and so forth.

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