• Paul Fingleton

Over 300 Xbox 360 Games You Can Play on Your Xbox One

A little over eighteen months ago, Microsoft announced that they would be making Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One. This technical feat was impressive, taking into account that the two consoles have vastly different processor architectures and that Microsoft made these games available to gamers at no extra charge, if they already owned the game digitally or physically.


What type of Witchcraft is this?

No witchcraft is involved, only very clever engineering. The Xbox 360 has an IBM PowerPC CPU and the Xbox One has an AMD x64 CPU, meaning they have a different number of processors, those different processors work at different speeds and essentially speak completely different languages to understand and issue commands.


The Xbox Team have used their extensive knowledge to build a translator for those commands and the different speeds at which the CPU processors work. This translator is called an Emulator and is a program that asks itself "If this command was given to an Xbox 360, what would it do to handle it?" and provides that command in a way that the Xbox One understands.


There are many different kinds of Video Game emulators available online, most developed by hobbyists to keep their old video game library alive. The developers of these emulators have spent hours breaking down at the machine code, debugging level what exactly happens within the processor of a console at a certain time when something happens and then make an educated guess of what should happen in a modern CPU.


The engineers at Microsoft had a slight advantage in that they knew from the original designs of the Xbox 360 what should be happening. However, to get an emulator running and to get an emulator running well are two very different things.


What types of Games are available?

While some gamers may have dabbled with emulators on the internet before, often they are ok but don't run all games well or have unexpected behaviour in some places because the developers of the emulator had not predicted for certain behaviour.


Where Xbox has excelled is to effectively load a full Xbox 360, including the OS from the Xbox 360, each time you run a Backwards Compatible game. Your Xbox 360 game does not know anything about the Xbox One and thinks that it is running on Xbox 360 hardware.


This has made it possible to have full games, rather than only the smaller 'Arcade' games work reliably to work on the newer console.


Good news came from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, this week that he plans for Backwards Compatibility to be a key feature of Xbox for years to come. Microsoft's as yet unnamed console, Project Scorpio will be able to play all Xbox One games and hundreds of Xbox 360 titles when it launches around Christmas / Thanksgiving this year.


As of 1. February 2017, here is the list of Xbox 360 games that you can play on your xbox.


Full Games / Games on Demand

  1. Alan Wake

  2. Alice: Madness Returns

  3. Assassin’s Creed

  4. Assassin’s Creed II

  5. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

  6. Battlefield 3 (Disc Only)

  7. Battlefield: Bad Co. 2

  8. Battlestations: Midway

  9. Bayonetta

  10. BioShock

  11. BioShock 2

  12. BioShock Infinite

  13. Blue Dragon

  14. Borderlands

  15. Bound by Flame

  16. Bully Scholarship Ed.

  17. Burnout Paradise

  18. Call of Duty 2

  19. Call of Duty 3

  20. Call of Duty: Black Ops

  21. Call of Duty: World at War

  22. CastleStorm

  23. Catherine

  24. CLANNAD (Only available in Japan)

  25. Condemned: Criminal Origins

  26. Dark Souls

  27. Dark Void

  28. de Blob 2

  29. Dead Space

  30. DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION

  31. DiRT 3

  32. DiRT Showdown

  33. DOOM 3 BFG Edition (only available on disc)

  34. Dragon Age: Origins

  35. Dungeon Siege III

  36. E4

  37. Eat Lead

  38. EnclevermentExperiment

  39. Escape Dead Island

  40. Fable II

  41. Fable III

  42. Fallout 3

  43. Fallout: New Vegas

  44. Forza Horizon

  45. FunTown Mahjong

  46. Gears of War

  47. Gears of War 2

  48. Gears of War 3

  49. Gears of War: Judgment

  50. Ghostbusters

  51. GRID 2

  52. Halo Wars

  53. Halo: Reach

  54. Injustice: Gods Among Us (+ disc only Ultimate Edition)

  55. Jurassic Park: The Game

  56. Just Cause 2

  57. Kameo: Elements of Power

  58. Kane & Lynch 2

  59. Killer Is Dead

  60. Left 4 Dead

  61. Left 4 Dead 2

  62. LEGO Batman

  63. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

  64. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

  65. Lost Odyssey

  66. Mass Effect

  67. Mass Effect 2 (disc only)

  68. Mass Effect 3 (disc only)

  69. Midway Arcade Origins

  70. Mirror’s Edge

  71. MOH Airborne

  72. MONOPOLY PLUS

  73. MX vs. ATV Reflex

  74. Oblivion

  75. Of Orcs and Men (not available in all regions)

  76. OFP: Red River (disc only, except Japan)

  77. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

  78. Perfect Dark Zero

  79. Portal 2

  80. Pure (disc only)

  81. RAGE (disc only)

  82. Rayman Legends

  83. Rayman Origins

  84. Red Dead Redemption

  85. Sacred 3

  86. Saints Row IV

  87. Shadowrun

  88. Shadows of the Damned

  89. Silent Hill: Downpour

  90. Skate 3

  91. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

  92. South Park: The Stick of Truth

  93. SSX

  94. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

  95. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

  96. Supreme Commander 2

  97. TEKKEN 6

  98. Tekken Tag Tournament 2

  99. The Orange Box

  100. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

  101. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

  102. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2

  103. Tour de France 2011 (not available in all regions)

  104. Toy Story 3

  105. Tron: Evolution

  106. Viva Piñata

  107. Viva Piñata: Trouble In Paradise

  108. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  109. XCOM: Enemy Within


Xbox Live Arcade titles

  1. A Kingdom for Keflings

  2. A World of Keflings

  3. Aegis Wing

  4. Age of Booty

  5. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

  6. Alien Hominid HD

  7. Altered Beast

  8. Anomaly Warzone Earth

  9. Aqua

  10. ARKANOID Live!

  11. Asteroids & Deluxe

  12. Astropop

  13. Babel Rising (not avail in Xbox 360 store)

  14. Banjo-Kazooie

  15. Banjo-Tooie

  16. BattleBlock Theater

  17. Beat’n Groovy

  18. Bejeweled 2

  19. Bejeweled 3

  20. Bellator: MMA Onslaught

  21. Beyond Good & Evil HD

  22. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2

  23. Blood Knights

  24. Blood of the Werewolf

  25. Bloodforge

  26. BloodRayne: Betrayal

  27. Bomberman Battlefest

  28. Boom Boom Rocket

  29. Braid

  30. Brain Challenge

  31. Call of Juarez Gunslinger

  32. CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET

  33. Carcassonne

  34. Castle Crashers

  35. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

  36. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

  37. Centipede & Millipede

  38. Comic Jumper

  39. Comix Zone

  40. Counter-Strike: GO

  41. Crazy Taxi

  42. CRYSTAL DEFENDERS

  43. Crystal Quest

  44. Dead Space Ignition

  45. Deadliest Warrior: Legends

  46. Deathspank T.O.V.

  47. Defense Grid: The Awakening

  48. Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Director’s Cut

  49. DIG DUG

  50. Discs of Tron

  51. Domino Master

  52. Doom

  53. Doom II

  54. Doritos Crash Course

  55. Double Dragon Neon

  56. Dragon’s Lair

  57. DuckTales: Remastered

  58. Duke Nukem Manhattan Project

  59. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

  60. Earthworm Jim HD

  61. Faery: Legends of Avalon

  62. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon

  63. Feeding Frenzy

  64. Feeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck Showdown

  65. Final Fight: Double Impact

  66. Flashback

  67. FLOCK!

  68. Foul Play

  69. Fret Nice

  70. Frogger

  71. Frogger 2

  72. Galaga

  73. Galaga Legions

  74. Galaga Legions DX

  75. Garou: Mark of the Wolves

  76. Gatling Gears

  77. Geometry Wars Evolved

  78. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

  79. Go! Go! Break Steady

  80. Golden Axe

  81. Gripshift

  82. Guardian Heroes

  83. Gunstar Heroes

  84. Guwange

  85. HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo Climax-

  86. Halo: Spartan Assault

  87. Hardwood Backgammon

  88. Hardwood Hearts

  89. Hardwood Spades

  90. Haunted House

  91. Heavy Weapon

  92. Hexic 2

  93. Hexic HD

  94. Hydro Thunder

  95. I Am Alive

  96. Ikaruga

  97. Interpol

  98. Iron Brigade

  99. Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad

  100. Jet Set Radio

  101. Jetpac Refuelled

  102. Joe Danger 2: The Movie

  103. Joe Danger Special Edition

  104. Joust

  105. Joy Ride Turbo

  106. Lazy Raiders

  107. LIMBO

  108. Lode Runner

  109. LUMINES LIVE!

  110. Magic 2012

  111. Mars: War Logs

  112. MEGA MAN 10

  113. MEGA MAN 9

  114. Metal Slug 3

  115. Metal Slug XX

  116. Might & Magic Clash of Heroes

  117. Military Madness

  118. Missile Command

  119. Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine

  120. Monday Night Combat

  121. Monkey Island 2: Special Edition

  122. Monkey Island: Special Edition

  123. Motocross Madness

  124. Mr. DRILLER Online

  125. MS. PAC-MAN

  126. Ms. Splosion Man

  127. Mutant Blobs Attack!!!

  128. Mutant Storm Empire

  129. N+

  130. NBA JAM: On Fire Edition

  131. NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM

  132. NEW RALLY-X

  133. NiGHTS into dreams…

  134. NIN2-JUMP

  135. Omega Five

  136. Outland

  137. PAC-MAN

  138. PAC-MAN MUSEUM

  139. Pac-Man: Championship Edition

  140. Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+

  141. Peggle

  142. Perfect Dark

  143. Phantasy Star II

  144. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds

  145. Pinball FX

  146. Planets Under Attack

  147. Plants vs. Zombies

  148. Portal: Still Alive

  149. Prince of Persia

  150. Putty Squad

  151. Puzzle Quest

  152. Puzzle Quest 2

  153. Puzzle Quest Galactrix

  154. Puzzlegeddon

  155. QIX++

  156. Raskulls

  157. Rayman 3 HD

  158. Red Faction: Battlegrounds

  159. Rocket Knight

  160. R-Type Dimensions

  161. Runner2

  162. Sacred Citadel

  163. Sam & Max Save the World

  164. Sam & Max Beyond Time & Space

  165. Samurai Shodown II

  166. Scarygirl

  167. Scrap Metal

  168. SEGA Bass Fishing

  169. Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.

  170. Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe

  171. Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World

  172. Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage

  173. Shadow Complex

  174. Shank 2

  175. Shotest Shogi

  176. Shred Nebula

  177. Skullgirls

  178. Skydive

  179. Small Arms

  180. Sonic & Knuckles

  181. SONIC 4 Episode II

  182. Sonic CD

  183. Sonic the Fighters

  184. Sonic The Hedgehog

  185. Sonic The Hedgehog 2

  186. Sonic The Hedgehog 3

  187. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 Episode I

  188. Soul Calibur II HD

  189. Soulcalibur

  190. Space Ark

  191. Space Giraffe

  192. Spelunky

  193. Splosion Man

  194. Strania

  195. Super Meat Boy

  196. Syberia

  197. Texas Hold ‘Em

  198. The Cave

  199. The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match

  200. The Maw

  201. The Splatters

  202. Ticket to Ride

  203. Torchlight

  204. Tour de France 2009

  205. Toy Soldiers

  206. Toy Soldiers: Cold War

  207. Trials HD

  208. Triggerheart Exelica

  209. Trine 2

  210. Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

  211. Unbound Saga

  212. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

  213. Wolfenstein 3D

  214. Word Puzzle

  215. Zuma

  216. Zuma’s Revenge!

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