Microsoft Announces Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One

One of the megatons dropped yesterday was Xbox’s announcement that the Xbox One will be backwards compatible – natively – with select Xbox 360 games by the end of this year. Whether the games are on disc or digital, you’ll be able to play them on your new-gen machine. Xbox Preview members are already getting their hands on the update. Below, you’ll find all of the details you’ll need to know about the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility (Please Note: Many of the games listed in the press release below are rated M for Mature. WholesomeGamer is only providing this list for informational purposes on what games will be backwards compatible according to Xbox):

A Variety of Xbox 360 Games Will Be Available at Launch: This fall, we’ll roll out back compat to everyone on Xbox One with support for a collection of Xbox 360 titles in digital and disc form. We will continue to release Xbox 360 titles on a regular basis and build a substantial catalog over time. This means that supported Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles you have been collecting will soon be playable on your Xbox One! With the best of yesterday and today together in one place, this will truly be the biggest lineup in Xbox history.

First Round of Xbox 360 Games Now Available in Preview: 21 backward compatible titles are supported today for all Xbox One preview program members who own them. We’ll have over 100 titles this holiday, with hundreds more added in the months to come. We look forward to sharing more games and details closer to launch. See below for titles available today:

  • A Kingdom for 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
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

Your Xbox 360 Titles are Already There: To play one of the supported titles listed above that you already own, simply go to My Games and Apps and download the game to your Xbox One. Or put the disc in the drive, install the game and start playing.

Play against Your Friends on Xbox One and Xbox 360: Starting today, you can play against your Xbox 360 friends on Xbox Live, whether or not they are in the preview program. Just invite them to a party in the Xbox 360 menu and jump right in. Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers can play the same game at the same time, against each other.

Use Current-Gen Tools in Last-Gen Games: The gameplay experience, including graphical quality, of your favorite Xbox 360 games are just as you remember them, but with Xbox One Backward Compatibility, you can utilize your favorite Xbox One features, like screenshots, GameDVR, broadcasting, Game Streaming and more with the Xbox on Windows 10 app. It’s the best of both worlds!

Your Progress Comes With You. Don’t worry about stopping a game on your Xbox One and moving to an Xbox 360, or vice versa. Your Gamerscore and achievements will carry over and be saved to your Xbox Live Gamer Profile, as it already does when you’re playing games on Xbox 360.


While not all Xbox 360 titles will be available at launch Xbox says they will continue to release new titles on a regular basis. Most titles will not have a hard time getting compatibility overall. However, titles that require Xbox 360 hardware accessories such as Kinect for gameplay will not be supported.



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