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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Xbox One backwards compatibility list: Every Xbox 360 game currently playable on Xbox One

Checking into which games have been recently added as backwards compatible? Here are the latest updates in reverse chronological order:

Games added (November 13th):

  • Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X enhanced)

Games added (November 6th):

  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar

Games added (October 31st):

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Just Cause

Games added (October 23rd):

  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • Tropico 4

Games added (October 16th):

  • Crysis
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3

Games added (October 9th):

  • Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 HD

Games added (September 25th):

  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
  • Call of Juarez: The Cartel

Games added (September 18th):

  • Brutal Legend
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2

Here is every backwards compatible game playable on Xbox One:

Complete list of every Xbox 360 game that's currently playable on Xbox One:

  • 0 day Attack on Earth
  • 3D Ultra Minigolf
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Alaskan Adventures
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin's Creed (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Assassin's Creed II (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids and Deluxe
  • Astropop
  • Axel and Pixel
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs (May 4)
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts
  • Banjo Tooie
  • Batman: Arkham Origins - disc only
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield 3 - disc only
  • Bayonetta (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good and Evil HD
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Bloodforge
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Bound by Flame
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Braid (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Brain Challenge
  • Brutal Legend
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst-
  • Bully
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Burnout Revenge
  • Calbela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela's Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai
  • Call of Duty 2 (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate HD
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Catherine
  • Cars: Mater-National
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Contra
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Commanders: Attack
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crackdown (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crysis
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Darksiders (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Darksiders 2
  • Dark Souls (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Daytona USA
  • Dark Void
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deadly Premonition
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Dig Dug
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Disney Bolt
  • Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  • Dungeon Siege III
  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • Earth Defense Force 2025
  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Eat Lead
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Escape Dead Island
  • F1 2014
  • Fable Anniversary (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Fable II
  • Fable II Pub Games
  • Fable III
  • Fable Heroes
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Flashback
  • Fighting Vipers
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Forza Horizon (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Gears of War 2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Gears of War 3 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Gears of War: Judgment (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation HD
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier
  • Gin Rummy
  • Girl Fight
  • Goat Simulator
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • GRID Autosport
  • GRID 2
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • GYRUSS
  • Half-Minute Hero - Super Mega Neo Climax
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (Disc Only)
  • Halo 3 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Reach (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Hydro Thunder (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Jewel Quest
  • Joe Danger
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Just Cause
  • Just Cause 2
  • Kameo
  • Kane and Lynch 2
  • King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
  • King of Fighters 2012 Unlimited Match
  • King of Fighters Sky Stage
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 2
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey
  • Lumines Live!
  • Luxor 2 Arcade
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Mafia II
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic 2012
  • Magic 2013
  • Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Edition
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midnight Club LA
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Mirror's Edge (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Missile Command
  • Monaco: What's Yours is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island: SE
  • Monkey Island 2: SE
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Monopoly Plus
  • Moon Diver
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MS.PAC-MAN
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+ (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Nin2-Jump
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Outland
  • Overlord
  • Overlord 2
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • Peggle
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Portal 2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Prey
  • Prince of Persia
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Rainbow Six Vegas (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Raiden IV
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Red Dead Redemption (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
  • Rumble Roses XX
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row IV
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Sam and Max Save the World
  • Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • ScreamRide
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd and Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Sega Vintage Collection: ToeJam and Earl
  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Shadow Assault Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shinobi
  • Skate 3 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Skullgirls
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Silent Hill: HD Collection
  • Silent Hill Homecoming
  • Sine Mora
  • Small Arms
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Sonic Adventure 2
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic and Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic Generations
  • 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
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Spelunky
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • Splinter Cell Conviction
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Split / Second
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Steinsgate (Japan only)
  • Strania
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • Super Contra (September 14th)
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia
  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold'em
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • The Cave
  • The Darkness 2
  • The Orange Box
  • The Maw
  • The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
  • The Splatters
  • The Walking Dead: Season One (August 29th)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two (August 29th)
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne (August 29th)
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary
  • Tomb Raider Legend
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
  • Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toybox Turbos
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trials HD (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tropico 4
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Undertow
  • Vanquish
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Virtual-On (Japan only)
  • Virtual On: OT
  • Viva Piņata
  • Viva Piņata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Yosumin! Live
  • Zone of the Enders HD
  • Zuma
  • Zuma's Revenge!

Xbox One backwards compatibility list: Every original Xbox game currently playable on Xbox One

Introduced on October 24 2017, Xbox original games are now backwards compatible on Xbox One, starting with:

  • Dead to Rights
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Crimson Skies
  • Psychonauts
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Pirates!
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • King of Fighters: Neowave
  • Red Faction 2
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Followed by on April 17th, 2018:

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

And from April 26th, 2018:

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando

Xbox One backwards compatibility: How well do Xbox 360 games run?

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:

  • Digital and disc-based games at no additional cost
  • Support for existing saves (through the Cloud), DLC, Achievement progress, and the original dashboard
  • Multiplayer between those playing on Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Select Xbox One system features, including Game DVR, Windows 10 streaming and screenshots

Many Xbox 360 games are also currently available on Microsoft's Netflix-style Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

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