Here’s the Xbox One backwards compatibility list

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Later this week, the Xbox One is getting patched to usher in a new Xbox One experience. One of the biggest features of that update is the backwards compatibility that’ll be introduced to the system. Since the big reveal of the feature though, people have wondered exactly which games will be getting compatibility. We already know that Kinect games, and others that require specific USB peripherals are out, but there are a many, many Xbox 360 games that people still want to play on their new consoles. These are the ones you’ll be able to play.

104 games made the grade for the first batch, which are done on a game-by-game basis. See anything you want to still play? Notice anything that’s conspicuous by its absence?

A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Alien Hominid HD
Assassin’s Creed II
Asteroids & Deluxe
Banjo Kazooie: N n B
BattleBlock Theater
Bejeweled 2
Bellator: MMA Onslaught
Beyond Good & Evil HD
Blood of the Werewolf
BloodRayne: Betrayal
Call of Juarez Gunslinger
Castle Crashers
Centipede & Millipede
Crazy Taxi
Deadliest Warrior: Legends
Defense Grid
DiRT 3
DiRT Showdown
Discs of Tron
Doom II
Dungeon Siege III
Earthworm Jim HD
Fable II
Fallout 3
Feeding Frenzy 2
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War: Judgment
Golden Axe
Halo: Spartan Assault
Hardwood Backgammon
Hardwood Hearts
Hardwood Spades
Heavy Weapon
Hexic HD
Jetpac Refuelled
Joy Ride Turbo
Just Cause 2
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
LEGO Star Wars: TCS
Lode Runner
Mass Effect
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug XX
Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
Mirror’s Edge
Missile Command
Monday Night Combat
Monkey Island 2: SE
Monkey Island: SE
Ms. Splosion Man
Mutant Blobs Attack
NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
NiGHTS into dreams…
OF: Dragon Rising
Pac-Man C.E.
Perfect Dark
Perfect Dark Zero
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
Pinball FX
Plants vs. Zombies
Prince of Persia
Putty Squad
R-Type Dimensions
Rayman 3 HD
Sacred Citadel
Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
Shadow Complex
Sonic CD
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic The Hedgehog 3
Super Meat Boy
Supreme Commander 2
The Stick of Truth
Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas
Tom Clancy’s RainbowSix Vegas2
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Tron: Evolution
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
Viva Piñata
Viva Piñata: TIP
Wolfenstein 3D

Says Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management for Xbox.

At Xbox, we believe that gaming is universal and should be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. Our philosophy since launching Xbox One two years ago has been to put gamers at the center of everything we do and create the best, most seamless gaming experience possible. We’re taking a major step forward in that journey on November 12 when we start rolling out the New Xbox One Experience with Xbox One Backward Compatibility.

Today, I’m happy to unveil to you the first 104 Xbox One Backward Compatibly games. Some of my favorites are included, like the complete Gears of War catalog, Assassin’s Creed II, Fallout 3, Borderlands, and Castle Crashers. The full list of the first 104 games is below and can be found at the Backward Compatibility page at And, as I said at gamescom, going forward, all Xbox 360 games available through Games With Gold after Nov. 12 will be playable on Xbox One.

Our launch of 104 titles on Nov. 12 is just the beginning. You can expect new Xbox One Backward Compatible games to be announced on a regular basis, starting in December. More titles are on the way, including fan favorites like Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3. Stay tuned because this just the beginning of a long list of Xbox 360 games that will run on Xbox One.

Last Updated: November 9, 2015

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • KingKappie

    Now I just need a Xbox one

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    I make fun of the boner a lot, but I have to admit, this is an impressive list. I’m keen to see Viva Pinata on the list. One of the best games of last gen.

    • miaau

      Been available for ages on Xbox One if you bought the Rare Replay pack. Along with about 10 of the games in the list above, cheating MS on the numbers

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Gah! In that case, I must resume my mocking of the boner!

        • miaau

          But, but, it is my console. I have one. How can you mock it? I own one, therefore it is all the console ANYONE will ever need. Just ask me.

          Or mock, you know, have fun or something.

  • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

    Backwards compatible? They should rename this thing XBLA compatible.

  • miaau

    Dues Ex: HR and Mass Effect 2 (3 as well?)

    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      Apparently clicking the two additional check-boxes for ME2 and ME3 was too much effort for EA.

    • Lardus-For the Emperor!

      Need the full trilogy…with all DLC…

    • Francois Knoetze

      well every month they update the list. so most like this will be there soon. Need Mass Effect back in my life. the list is impressive though

  • Hammersteyn

    How much do they go for?

  • Generic ZA

    Yet, still no soothing and rhythmic sounds of horse hooves ringing across the plains as John Marston makes his way to the next adventure on the Xbox One. 🙁

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      The world needs an HD remake of that… 🙁

    • Darren Peach

      Are you saying there won’t be a PS4 version of the next one ?

  • The Tolkienator

    Okay seriously, where the fuck is Bioshock?

  • Darren Peach

    Who has the time ? Seriously.

  • Darren Peach


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Why’m I not surprised Xboners are backwards… compatible.

  • WitWolfy

    Not impressed at all.I was under the impression Witcher 2 was confirmed to be on that list. Most of these games are just freaking XBLA titles. FOR FUCK SAKES IM FUMING!

    No RDR or any orher retail game that was in the top 30 list. Why the fuck have it then fuckers?

  • Pieter Kruger

    WOW! There’s a lot of games I still have on that list! Awesome!

  • GooseZA

    No Dark Souls.
    No Red Dead Redemption.


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