The Complete Updated List Of Backwards-Compatible Games For Xbox One

The Complete Updated List Of Backwards-Compatible Games For Xbox One

by TeachThought Staff

What is a ‘backward-compatible’ game?

In short, a backward-compatible game is a game from a previous version of a video game console that is also playable on later versions. Since video game consoles change significantly between versions (between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, for example), hardware changes usually mean that a game designed for an old system won’t work on newer systems.

Unlike computer games, video game consoles have to be designed with the unique nature of each platform in mind (which is why ‘porting’–making a game designed for the Xbox One also ‘work’ on the Sony PlayStation–isn’t an exact science). This means the software and hardware are more ‘married’ on consoles than they are on PC.

It also makes it a big deal when a new system is released because unless you want to keep multiple generations of consoles hooked up in your entertainment center, when you buy that shiny new system, your old games become unplayable. Imagine having eBooks you suddenly can’t read because a new Kindle came out –Books that can only be read on ‘old’ Kindles?

Unless they’re backward-compatible, that’s exactly what happens with video games.

A Brief History Of Backward-Compatibility On Video Game Consoles

Backward-compatibility is something that Microsoft chose to bring to the Xbox One that Sony did not with the PlayStation 4.

Early versions of the PlayStation 3 were backward-compatible (meaning it played PlayStation 2 games in addition to PS3), but making that happen was complex, and Sony ditched the project altogether with later versions of the console.

The Sony PlayStation 4 isn’t technically backward-compatible at all (though some older games are playable through other services–it gets confusing; another post for another day), but Microsoft has added backward-compatibility to select games, a list that continues to grow since the program was introduced in 2017.

The Complete Updated List Of Backwards-Compatible Games For Xbox One

The Xbox One is the latest video game console by Microsoft (technically the absolute latest version of the Xbox One is the Xbox One X, a more powerful version of the ‘standard’ Xbox One that plays all the same games, with some of those games taking advantage of it being more powerful by offering enhanced graphics or improved framerates, for example).

Confusing the matter, there are currently three versions of the Xbox One: The ‘standard’ Xbox One, the Xbox One S (a smaller, quieter version of the ‘standard’ model), and the Xbox One X. All three play the same games; they are simply more or less updated/efficient/powerful version of the same system with different size hard-drives and bundled with different games.

Sheesh, this is confusing.

With that context, below, you can find a list of every game Xbox 360 game currently playable on the Xbox One (and of course, Xbox One S and Xbox One X). We will soon be adding some utility to the list with ratings and recommendations for content areas. For now, we’ve simply bolded some of the titles more conducive to game-based learning than others.

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Last updated: 1/22/2018

A

  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake Link
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Link
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • ARKANOID Live!
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin’s Creed Link
  • Assassin’s Creed II Link
  • Assassin’s Creed III Link
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Link
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations Link
  • Assassin’s Creed® Rogue Link
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids & Deluxe
  • Astropop

B

  • BLACK™
  • BloodRayne 2
  • Battlefield Bad Co.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 3™
  • Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • BAYONETTA
  • Beat’n Groovy
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • Bloodforge
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge™
  • Bullet Soul
  • Bullet Soul -Infinite Burst-
  • Bully: Scholarship Ed
  • Burnout Paradise

C

  • Cars: Mater-National
  • Crimson Skies®: High Road to Revenge™
  • Child of Eden
  • COD: Advanced Warfare
  • Cabela’s Alaskan Adventures
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions
  • Cabela’s Survival: SoK
  • Call of Duty® 2
  • Call of Duty® 3
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
  • Call of Duty®: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty®: World at War
  • Call of Juarez® Gunslinger
  • CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: SOTN
  • Catherine
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Commaders: Attack
  • Condemned
  • Contra
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • CRYSTAL DEFENDERS™
  • Crystal Quest

D

  • Deadly Premonition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Dead to Rights
  • Disney Bolt
  • Deadliest Warrior
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders II
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Void
  • DAYTONA USA
  • de Blob 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Space™
  • Dead Space™ 2
  • Dead Space™ 3
  • Dead Space™ Ignition
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deathspank T.O.V.
  • Defense Grid
  • DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
  • DIG DUG
  • 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
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
  • D&D: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Dungeon Siege III

E

  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • E4
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Earth Defense Force: IA
  • Eat Lead
  • Encleverment Experiment
  • Escape Dead Island

F

  • Fuzion Frenzy®
  • Fable Trilogy
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable® II Pub Games
  • Fighting Vipers
  • F1™ 2014
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3® Blood Dragon
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • FLOCK!
  • Forza Horizon
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • FunTown Mahjong

G

  • Girl Fight
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies™
  • Goat Simulator
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • GAROU -MARK OF THE WOLV
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Geometry Wars Evolved²
  • Geometry Wars™ 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Gin Rummy
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • GTA IV
  • Grid 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes (TM)
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • Gyruss

H

  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Halo 3 ODST Campaign Edition
  • Halo 3
  • HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo-
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Haunted House
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Hydro Thunder

I

  • I am Alive™
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade

J

  • Jewel Quest
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • JUJU
  • Jurassic Park: The Game
  • Just Cause 2

K

  • KOF Neowave
  • KOF SKY STAGE
  • Kameo
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Killer Is Dead
  • KOF2002UM

L

  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO® Indiana Jones™
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: TCS
  • Limbo
  • Lode Runner
  • Lost Odyssey
  • LUMINES LIVE!
  • Luxor 2

M

  • Marlow Briggs
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MONOPOLY DEAL
  • METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Mad Tracks
  • Magic 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: BBB
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • MEGA MAN 9
  • MEGA MAN 10
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Military Madness
  • 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
  • Mr. DRILLER Online
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MS.PAC-MAN
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex

N

  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • N+
  • NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM
  • NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
  • NEW RALLY-X
  • NiGHTS into dream…
  • NIN2-Jump

O

  • Oblivion
  • OF: Dragon Rising
  • Omega Five
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Outland

P

  • Peggle® 2
  • P4A
  • Psychonauts
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man C.E
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • PAC-MAN MUSEUM
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Planets Under Attack
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal 2
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix

Q

  • QIX ++
  • Quantum Conundrum

R

  • Red Faction II
  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Rage
  • Raiden IV
  • Rainbow Six® Vegas
  • Rainbow Six® Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Rayman® Legends
  • Rayman® Origins
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rocket Knight®
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

S

  • Sonic Adventure™ 2
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Saints Row® The Third™
  • Super Contra
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Screamride
  • SVC: ToeJam & Earl
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row IV
  • Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • SEGA Bass Fishing
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Shadowrun
  • Shadow Assault/Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shank™ 2
  • Shinobi
  • Shotest Shogi
  • Shred Nebula
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Skydive
  • Small Arms
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic the Fighters
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I
  • Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode II
  • SOULCALIBUR
  • SoulCalibur II HD
  • South Park™: The Stick of Truth™
  • Space Ark
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders: IG
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Strania
  • STREET FIGHTER IV
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Super Meat Boy
  • SUPER STREETFIGHTER IV ARCADE EDITION
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia

T

  • Tecmo Bowl Throwback®
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Splatters™
  • TEKKEN 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold’em
  • The Cave
  • The King of Fighters 98
  • The Maw
  • The Orange Box
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Trials HD
  • Toy Story 3
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution

U

  • Undertow
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga

V

  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
  • Virtual-On OT
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

W

  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Word Puzzle
  • WOTB: Commando 3

X

  • XCOM®: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM®: Enemy Within

Y

  • Yosumin! LIVE

Z

  • Zuma
  • Zuma’s Revenge!

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