I think I can say with little argument that Phil Spencer’s announcement of backwards compatibility for the Xbox One was the second largest announcement of the year, behind that Skyrim card game. Spencer even stated that DLC and download-only games from the Xbox 360 will be playable on the Xbox One, a huge feat, and hopefully a successful one.

However, not nearly every Xbox 360 game will be backwards compatible on day one. As well, the physical disc will prompt a download for your Xbox One that will allow you to play whichever game you plan on playing. If Phil Spencer is to be believed, about 100 games will be backwards compatible by the holiday season.

Below is a list of the titles currently prepped for the backwards compatibility update on November 12th. As well, the list below it is a list of possible games that will either eventually be given the backwards compatibility treatment or that are in the rumor mill.

Current games with backwards compatibility on November 12th


  • A Kingdom for Keflings
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgement
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kameo
  • Mass Effect
  • N+
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Shadow Complex
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: TIP
  • Zuma

Games either in the rumor mill or becoming backwards compatible after the November 12th update


  • A World of Keflings
  • Alan Wake
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin’s Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD
  • Bayonetta
  • BioShock
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Borderlands
  • Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Burnout: Paradise
  • Cars
  • Child of Eden
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Dark Souls
  • Dead Space
  • Disney Universe
  • Endwar
  • Fable 2
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Just Cause 2
  • Risen
  • Risen 2
  • Trials

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