Xbox One backward compatibility games list

93 20/05/2022

(Pocket-lint) - The Xbox Series X and Series S are both fully backward compatible with nigh-on every game that runs on Xbox One, and that means they can equally play Xbox 360 and original Xbox games too.

That's a huge incentive for gamers who choose Xbox. Not only do they get the latest Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S games to play, they can dip from a big library of compatible titles stretching back to the start of the 2000s.

But what games does it include and how does it work? We explain all there is to know about the Xbox backward compatibility system here.

How does Xbox backward compatibility work?

The Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S are able to play Xbox 360 and original Xbox games through emulation software that makes your console think it's a last generation machine for the purposes of playing classic games.

When a supported game is started on the machine, the current or last-gen console opens the emulator and, in all regards, the game works as if it was running on an Xbox 360 or 2001 Xbox. The opening screen appears first then the game will load.

All other aspects and features that would normally be available on an Xbox 360 or Xbox are available on the Xbox One/Series X/S too, including the hub on the former (which can be opened through a simultaneous press of the menu and view buttons on the Xbox wireless controller). In addition, all new features of the more recent Xbox consoles work, including the ability to take screen grabs and record and share video of gameplay.

Xbox Series X/S owners get an additional bonus with the latest consoles able to play many (if not all) of the backward compatible Xbox 360 and Xbox games with Auto HDR enabled. This adds virtual high dynamic range contrast and colours to make the titles look better.

Does it cost me anything?

Xbox offers backward compatibility for free.

If you own a supported game already, you do not have to pay anything to play it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S.

Obviously, it costs to purchase new Xbox 360 or Xbox games that work on the machine.

Many of the games with backward compatibility are also available as part of a Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. For £10.99 a month, you get access to more than 300 games to download and play on your console, made up of a mix of classic Xbox 360 and Xbox games, plus many more Xbox One and Series X/S titles. You also get online gaming access through Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, Cloud Streaming, and even Game Pass for PC.

Xbox One backward compatibility games list

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Does it work with Xbox games I bought through Xbox store?

Xbox backward compatibility works with digital content as well as disc games. In fact, if you enter a supported disc into your Xbox One or Series X, the machine will download the game from the Xbox store first - although you will need the disc to be in the machine each time you play. This cannot work on an Xbox One S All-digital Edition or Xbox Series S, of course, as they do not feature disc drives.

If you own a digital copy of a supported game it appears in your games list ready for download. Check your My Games & Apps hub to see if any are listed among the games yet to be installed.

Can I buy Xbox 360 and Xbox games on my Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S?

Compatible Xbox 360 and Xbox games are listed for purchase on the Xbox game store. If you are an Xbox Live Gold member, you also get free Xbox 360 and/or original Xbox games to download each month alongside Xbox One titles as part of the Games for Gold scheme.

That usually means you get two free Xbox One games and two free backward compatible games a month.

Prices for the Xbox 360 and Xbox games on the online store vary, but start at around £5.

Can I carry on with my previous Xbox 360 game saves on Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S?

If you originally set your Xbox 360 to save games to the cloud you will be able to download the save files to the Xbox One version and carry on. The cloud files are permanently associated with your gamertag so the Xbox One should do this automatically.

If you only saved your in-game progress locally, to the hard drive, you will need to restart your Xbox 360 and save them to the cloud instead. If you no longer have your Xbox 360, sadly you won't be able to access the files.

Considering the first-gen Xbox didn't save games to the cloud in the same way, you can't carry on with old save games.

What games are available with Xbox backward compatibility?

There are 100s of Xbox 360 titles available as part of the backward compatibility scheme and a decent selection of original Xbox games.

Games like the original Guitar Hero and Rock Band series won't work as they require proprietary accessories that aren't compatible, nor do any that require with the original Kinect motion camera. Even if you have the Xbox One Kinect, it will not be compatible with previous Xbox 360 Kinect games.

Final Xbox One backward compatibility list

Here's a full and final list of the original Xbox games that are available with backward compatibility for Xbox One:

Armed and DangerousBlack *Blinx: The Time Sweeper *BloodRayne 2 *Breakdown *Conker: Live & Reloaded *Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge *Dead to Rights *Destroy All Humans! *Full Spectrum Warrior *Fuzion Frenzy *Grabbed by the Ghoulies *Hunter: The Reckoning *Indiana Jones and the Emperor's TombJade Empire *King of Fighters Neowave *Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction *MX Unleashed *Ninja Gaiden Black *Panzer Dragoon Orta *Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory *Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time *Psychonauts *Red Faction II *Sid Meier's Pirates! *Sphinx and the Cursed MummySSX 3 *Star Wars Battlefront *Star Wars Battlefront II *Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy *Star Wars Jedi Starfighter *Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic *Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords *Star Wars Republic Commando *The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind *Tom Clancy's Splinter CellTom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double AgentTom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos TheoryTom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora TomorrowUnreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

And here's a full and final list of the Xbox 360 games that are available with backward compatibility for Xbox One:

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* These games are enhanced for Xbox One X and the Series X/S, which means they have frame rate and/or resolution enhancements when played on those machines. Many games will also work with the Series X/S Auto HDR function.

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