Which Games Are Backwards Compatible With the Xbox One?

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By Ralph Torres

If you’re an Xbox One owner, you may be wondering which of your favorite games from previous Xbox consoles are backwards compatible with the system. The good news is that Microsoft has made it a priority to include as many titles as possible, giving players a chance to revisit some of their most beloved classics.

What is Backwards Compatibility?

Before diving into the list of backwards compatible games, it’s important to understand what exactly backwards compatibility means. In short, it allows players to play older games on newer hardware. In this case, Xbox One owners can play select titles from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 on their system.

Which Games Are Backwards Compatible?

As of August 2021, there are over 600 games that are backwards compatible with the Xbox One. Some popular titles include:

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • BioShock
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Gears of War 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Assassin’s Creed II

How to Access Backwards Compatible Games on Your Xbox One

To access and play backwards compatible games on your Xbox One, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the game disc into your console or navigate to the game if you’ve purchased it digitally.
  2. If prompted to download an update for the game, do so.
  3. The game should start automatically once everything is downloaded and installed.

It’s worth noting that not all games will be available in their original form. Some may have enhanced graphics or other improvements, while others may have features removed due to licensing issues.


Backwards compatibility is a great feature for Xbox One owners who want to revisit old favorites or try out games they may have missed. With over 600 games available, there’s sure to be something for everyone. So dust off those old game discs or head to the Xbox store and start playing!