Xbox One backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games was Microsoft’s big surprise at E3 2015, and since debuting the feature later that year, the publisher has been hard at work rolling out new releases on a month-by-month basis.
From fan-favourite Xbox Live Arcade games to some of the biggest Xbox 360 exclusives such as Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach, the current roster represents a wide selection of some of the console’s greatest hits.
While both downloadable and disc-based games work on Xbox One, since games are emulated on a case-by-case basis, not every title has been given the backwards compatibility treatment – so below is a run down of every game made available so far. We’ll be updating the list with each subsequent new release, as well as Digital Foundry’s verdict if they have one.
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Checking into which games have been recently added as backwards compatible? Here are the latest updates in reverse chronological order:
Games added (October 9th):
Games added (September 25th):
Games added (September 18th):
Games added (September 11th):
Games added (August 28th):
Games added (August 14th):
Here is every backwards compatible game playable on Xbox One:
Complete list of every Xbox 360 game that’s currently playable on Xbox One:
Introduced on October 24 2017, Xbox original games are now backwards compatible on Xbox One, starting with:
Followed by on April 17th, 2018:
And from April 26th, 2018:
The experience varies from game to game. According to Digital Foundry’s report, all titles receive some baseline improvements – such as the elimination of screen tear “completely on every title” – through to any disc access operations tending to “have less of an impact on performance”, meaning Mass Effect’s elevator load times and Fallout 3’s hitches are reduced.
However, while less demanding games such as Braid and N+ perform flawlessly, the more CPU-heavy titles do struggle, with Halo: Reach and Gears of War: Judgement singled out as games that suffer in the emulation process.
In terms of features, Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on Xbox One supports:
Many Xbox 360 games are also currently available on Microsoft’s Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass subscription service.