Xbox One Backward Compatibility: How Does it Work and List of Supported Titles

I feel no shame in admitting that I almost shed a tear when Phil Spencer appeared on E3 2015 stage with that humble grin and announced that Backward Compatibility is coming to Xbox One.

I mean, let’s be honest for a while, there is no doubt that Playstation Now is a brilliant service, but buying a subscription plan to rent PS3 games (that I already have lying somewhere) to play them on PS4 is not something I prefer.

Despite the announcement, it’s not like you can pop in Red Dead Redemption disc for Xbox 360 into your Xbox One and start playing the game right away.

First of all, do note that Backward Compatibility is not yet available to all users. You need to be a Xbox Preview Program Member to be able to try out Backward Compatibility.

In addition to this, not all Xbox 360 titles will be supported at launch. Instead, Microsoft plans to provide support for titles in waves; here are all the titles included in the first wave:

  • 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
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

In case you are wondering how Backward Compatibility is going to work, here is a brief walkthrough:

If you own a digital Xbox 360 game, all you need to do is to sign-in with the same profile on Xbox One and all your already-purchased games will appear on your Xbox One ‘Ready to Download’.

In case of a physical Xbox 360 game, your Xbox One will now recognize a legitimate Xbox 360 game disc and if that game is in the list of supported game, it will be copied to your Xbox One HDD; you will still need the disc for verification though!

All Xbox 360 features such as Chat, Messages, Achievements, etc. will continue to work on Xbox One in addition to Xbox One feature such as screenshot, in-game DVR, etc.

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