XBOX ONE revealed

Microsoft treated Xbox owners with the great news that they can play select Xbox 360 games on Xbox One thanks to the help of an emulator. As simple as it sounds, the process is a little complex. In this article, we’ll walk you through step-by-step on how to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

How It Works

Xbox 360 games run inside an emulator on Xbox One, which is kind of like running Windows on a Mac through a virtual machine. Ultimately, it gives you much of the same functionality that you’d come to expect.

Here’s how to check whether Xbox 360 games you digitally own are backward compatible:

  • Fire up your Xbox One and make sure you’re logged in
  • Go to “My Games and Apps” and “Ready to Install”
  • If your game is in the list, that means that you can play it on Xbox One!

How To Play Xbox 360 Games On Xbox One That You Physically Own

You might have some physical copies of games lying around, and for that, you’ll just need to insert the disc. Once it’s inserted, if your game is compatible, a window will pop up saying “To play this game, you need to download a free update”, along with how much space the update will need.

Basically, instead of playing from the disc, Microsoft downloads it (the update) from the Xbox Store. It’s a little confusing, but after the “update” has been installed, you’ll need to make sure to keep the disk in, and/or put it in every time you want to play that Xbox 360 game. This is simply to verify that you do in fact own the game.

If you’re worried about losing your progress on Xbox 360 games, as long as you had “Cloud Saved Games” enabled on your Xbox 360, your gameplay should sync on Xbox One.

Final Thoughts

Even though Microsoft has rolled out Xbox 360 compatibility on Xbox One, it’s important to note that you can’t use Xbox 360 accessories or the Kinect meant for Xbox 360, on Xbox One. Anyways, that’s all you need to know to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One!

To help save you a few seconds, we’ve put together a list of games that currently work on Microsoft’s latest gaming console.

The Complete List Of Compatible Xbox 360 Games

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Asteroids and Deluxe
  • Astropop
  • Babel Rising
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
  • Banjo Tooie
  • 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
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bloodforge
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Bound by Flame
  • Borderlands
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge
  • Bully
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Catherine
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Void
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • 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
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Eat Lead
  • Escape Dead Island
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Flashback
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Forza Horizon
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • 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 Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Golden Axe
  • GRID 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • Half-Minute Hero – Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hydro Thunder
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • 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!
  • Magic 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • 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
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Portal 2
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • 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
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Small Arms
  • 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
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Strania
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold’em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • The Cave
  • The Orange Box
  • The Maw
  • The Splatters
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials HD
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Zuma
  • Zuma’s Revenge!
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Zara Ali
A 90's kid, who has witnessed the evolution of technology - from landline to smartphones. Been there, used that! Love trying out new gadgets and writing about them.