Xbox backwards compatibility list, with all Xbox 360 games and original Xbox games playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X

Xbox backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games was Microsoft’s big surprise back at E3 2015, and since debuting the feature later that year, the publisher rolled out new releases on a month-by-month basis.

Though Microsoft wound down its original Xbox and Xbox 360 back compatible efforts in mid-2019 in favour of Xbox One support for Xbox Series X – which also supports a range of improvements – there was one final update in November 2021 as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary celebrations, adding another 70 games and adding additional enhancements to existing ones.

While both downloadable and disc-based Xbox 360 and original Xbox games work on Xbox One and Xbox Series X, only selected games are supported on a case-by-case 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 roster represents a wide selection of some of Xbox’s greatest hits.

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76 new Xbox backwards compatible games: What are the latest Xbox backwards compatible games?

In November 2021 as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Xbox added another 70 games to its backwards compatible roster – and introduced additional enhancements to existing ones.

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First, let’s go through the existing games given FPS Boost when played on Xbox Series X or S:

  • Alan Wake
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dead Space 2, 3
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Gears of War franchise
  • Sonic Generations

Here are the 18 new original backwards compatible games:

  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Gladius
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

Here are the 58 new Xbox 360 backwards compatible games:

  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Binary Domain
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Conan
  • Darwinia+
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Death by Cube
  • Disney Universe
  • Elements of Destruction
  • FEAR
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin
  • FEAR 3
  • FEAR Files
  • The First Templar
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • Max Payne 3
  • Mini Ninjas
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
  • MX vs ATV Alive
  • MX vs ATV Untamed
  • Nier
  • Novadrome
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • The Outfit
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • RAW – Realms of Ancient War
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Rock of Ages
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Scramble
  • Screwjumper!
  • Skate 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • Switchball
  • Thrillville
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Time Pilot
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Viva Pinata: Party Animals
  • Warlords

Xbox backwards compatibility list: Every Xbox 360 game currently playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S

Here is every backwards compatible Xbox 360 game playable on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S:

  • 0 day Attack on Earth
  • 3D Ultra Minigolf
  • 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
  • Aces of the Galaxy
  • Advent Rising
  • Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • AirMech
  • Alan Wake (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Alaskan Adventures
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Aliens vs Predator
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
  • 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
  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
  • Axel and Pixel
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs (May 4)
  • Banjo Kazooie (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Banjo Tooie (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Bankshot Billiards 2
  • Batman: Arkham Origins – disc only
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 1943
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Battlefield 3 – disc only
  • Battlefield: Bad Company
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Battlestations Pacific
  • Bayonetta (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Beautiful Katamari
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good and Evil HD
  • Binary Domain
  • BioShock
  • BioShock 2
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • Bloodforge
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands 2
  • Borderlands
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Brain Challenge
  • Brave: The Video Game
  • Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Brutal Legend
  • Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst-
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bully
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Burnout Revenge
  • Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai
  • Calbela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Call of Duty 2 (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Call of Duty 3
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  • Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Cars: Mater-National
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Catherine
  • Centipede and Millipede
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Cloning Clyde
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Command and Conquer 3 Kane’s Wrath
  • Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium wars
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 Commander’s Challenge
  • Command and Conquer Red Alert 3
  • Commanders: Attack
  • Conan
  • Condemned: Criminal Origins (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Contra
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Costume Quest
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crackdown (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Crackdown 2
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Crysis 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Crysis
  • Crystal Defenders
  • Crystal Quest
  • Dante’s Inferno
  • Dark Souls (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Dark Void
  • Darksiders (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Darksiders 2
  • Darwinia+
  • Daytona USA
  • Dead or Alive 4
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Dead Space 3 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Dead Space Ignition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deadliest Warrior: The Game
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Death by Cube
  • DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue
  • Defense Grid
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dig Dug
  • Dirt 3
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Disney Bolt
  • Disney Universe
  • Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3 BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • 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 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Elements of Destruction
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Escape Dead Island
  • F1 2014
  • Fable Anniversary (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Fable Heroes
  • Fable II (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Fable II Pub Games
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • FEAR 2: Project Origin
  • FEAR 3
  • FEAR Files
  • FEAR
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Fighting Vipers
  • Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • Forza Horizon (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger 2
  • Frogger
  • From Dust
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • Fuel
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Gears of War 2 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Gears of War 3 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Gears of War: Judgment (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  • Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Ghost Recon Future Soldier
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Ghostbusters
  • Gin Rummy
  • Girl Fight
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2
  • GRID 2
  • GRID Autosport
  • 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: Reach (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Halo 4
  • Halo Wars
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman HD Pack
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Hydro Thunder (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Hydrophobia
  • I Am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade
  • Islands of Wakfu
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Jewel Quest
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joe Danger
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Just Cause 2
  • Just Cause
  • Kameo: Elements of Power (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Kane and Lynch 2
  • King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  • King of Fighters 2012 Unlimited Match
  • King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
  • King of Fighters Sky Stage
  • King of Fighters XIII
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • LEGO Indiana Jones 2
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • 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
  • Lost Planet
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Lost Planet Colonies
  • Lumines Live!
  • Luxor 2 Arcade
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Mafia II
  • Magic 2012
  • Magic 2013
  • Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Marathon: Durandal
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of the Death
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond
  • Max Payne 3
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Edition
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midnight Club LA
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might and Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Mini Ninjas
  • 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
  • Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MS.PAC-MAN
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MX vs ATV Alive
  • MX vs ATV Untamed
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex
  • N+ (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • Nier
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Nin2-Jump
  • Ninja Gaiden 2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Novadrome
  • Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
  • Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Orcs Must Die!
  • Outland
  • Outpost Kaloki X
  • Overlord 2
  • Overlord
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • Pac-Man Museum
  • Pac-Man
  • Peggle 2
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Persona 4 Arena
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Port Royale 3 Pirates and Merchants
  • Portal 2 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Prey
  • Prince of Persia (2008)
  • Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Quake Arena Arcade
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • R.U.S.E.
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Raiden IV
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Rainbow Six Vegas (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Raskulls
  • RAW – Realms of Ancient War
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids
  • Red Dead Redemption (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
  • Ridge Racer 6
  • Rio
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters
  • Risen
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rock of Ages
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis
  • Rumble Roses XX
  • Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Saints Row IV
  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
  • Saints Row
  • Sam and Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam and Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Scarygirl
  • Scramble
  • Scrap Metal
  • ScreamRide
  • Screwjumper!
  • Sega Bass Fishing
  • 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
  • Silent Hill: HD Collection
  • Silent Hill Homecoming
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Sine Mora
  • Skate
  • Skate 2
  • Skate 3 (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Skullgirls
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • 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 (offers FPS Boost on Xbox Series X / S)
  • 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
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Soul Caliber II HD
  • Soul Caliber
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders Infinity Gene
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Spelunky
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Splinter Cell Conviction (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Split / Second
  • Splosion Man
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
  • SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Steinsgate (Japan only)
  • Strania
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Super Contra (September 14th)
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Switchball
  • Syberia
  • Syndicate
  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback
  • Tekken 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold’em
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified
  • The Cave
  • The Darkness 2
  • The Darkness
  • The First Templar
  • The Maw
  • The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom
  • The Orange Box
  • The Outfit
  • The Splatters
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne (August 29th)
  • The Walking Dead: Season One (August 29th)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two (August 29th)
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Thrillville
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Time Pilot
  • TimeShift
  • Tom Clancy’s EndWar
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary
  • Tomb Raider Legend
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Too Human
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Toybox Turbos
  • Trials Evolution
  • Trials HD (Tested by Digital Foundry)
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution
  • Tropico 4
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga
  • Undertow
  • Unreal Tournament III
  • Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
  • Vanquish
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Virtual On: OT
  • Virtual-On (Japan only)
  • Viva Piñata (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Viva Pinata: Party Animals
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Warlords
  • Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Xbox One X enhanced)
  • Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Yosumin! Live
  • Zone of the Enders HD
  • Zuma’s Revenge!
  • Zuma
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Xbox backwards compatibility list: Every original Xbox game playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X

First introduced on October 24th 2017, here is every Xbox original game backwards compatible on Xbox One and Xbox Series X:

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Bloodrayne 2
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • Crimson Skies
  • Dead or Alive 3
  • Dead to Rights
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Disney’s Chicken Little
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Gladius
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Gunvalkyrie
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Jade Empire
  • King of Fighters: Neowave
  • Manhunt
  • Max Payne
  • Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
  • Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
  • Otogi: Myth of Demons
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Pirates!
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Psychonauts
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Red Faction 2
  • Secret Weapons Over Normandy
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • SSX 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • TimeSplitters 2
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
  • Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

Xbox Series backwards compatibility: What are the Xbox backwards compatibility improvements on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S?

As well as the above lists of supported Xbox One and original Xbox games, the Xbox Series consoles also offers backwards compatibility to Xbox One games and peripherals (including the Xbox Elite Controller and Xbox Adaptive Controller) in what Microsoft describes as “our most powerful and compatible console ever”.

In a blog post in July 2020, Microsoft said: “It’s our intent for all Xbox One games that do not require Kinect to play on Xbox Series X at the launch of the console.”

Backwards compatible supported games on Xbox Series will benefit from several system-wide features:

  • Backwards compatible games will run natively on Xbox Series X hardware, offering potentially higher framerates and resolutions, plus “significant reductions” in load times using the SSD. In early Digital Foundry tests, it offers “up to double the performance in the most demanding games”.
  • “Select titles” can have framerate doubled, going from 30fps to 60fps, or 60fps to 120fps.
  • HDR will be supported across backwards compatible games thanks to a “reconstruction technique”, even going back to original Xbox and Xbox 360 games.
  • All titles will support Quick Resume, a system-wide feature which allows you to stop progress of multiple games and continue playing them later.
  • Xbox Series S will offer Xbox One S-level backwards compatibility, whereas the Xbox Series X will offer Xbox One X-level backwards compatibility. In a nutshell, this means X will run up to 4K, whereas the S will run up to 1440p – just like other Xbox Series games.
  • Xbox Series S will also introduce “improved texture filtering, higher and more consistent frame rates, faster load times and Auto HDR”, according to Microsoft.

As well as broad backwards compatibility support for Xbox One games, select Xbox One games will also see specific Xbox Series versions for free as part of the Xbox Smart Delivery system.

In November 2021, as part of Xbox’s 20th anniversary celebrations, over 70 new titles were added from the original Xbox and Xbox 360. These were confirmed to be the last backwards compatible games to be introduced on later Xbox consoles “due to licensing, legal and technical constraints”.

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

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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