After determining to reconnect XBox with the fans of Microsoft’s older games, Xbox One Backwards Compatibility was developed.  Initially, 104 titles were released, including Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge, Banjo Kazooie, Doom, and more.

From the classics to not-so-classic, these games have been available to play on the Xbox One since November 9 of this year.  It has allowed a wide demographic of gamers to rediscover some older titles while enjoying the complexity of the new ones as well

As of December 17, Microsoft released 16 more titles for the Holiday season.

  • Braid
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Fable III
  • Halo: Reach
  • Hydro Thunder
  • Iron Brigade
  • Kane & Lynxh 2
  • Motocross Madness
  • Ms. Pac Man
  • Peggle
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Zuma’s Revenge

Don’t see a title you were expecting? Want to see more? You can vote for the next release of backwards-compatible games here.

Microsoft has been very confident in this project to bring older games back from the archives of the gaming world.  Their Vice President, Mike Nicholes, on an interview with GameSpot, recognized the time and money that people have put into their old games.
“And so, what we’ve set up to do with backwards compatibility is really remove that concern or alleviate that concern that somebody has to leave something behind,” he said. “It was the number-one most requested feature among Xbox 360 owners who did not upgrade to Xbox One yet. And so we’re really excited about starting the rollout of that in November.”

While these titles have been announced, they may be subject to change, so keep an eye out for your favorite titles, and don’t forget to vote for them!

  • Steve Michalek


  • Orionsangel

    Y’all can’t tease a bunch a good 360 games like Bioshock and Skate 3 as the next compatible games and then release this short crappy list, MS. Lame!

    • Coffee High

      I agree with the decision to release this small list. Christmas is overwhelmed with new releases by both first and third party games and backwards compatible games would cut into holiday sales across the board. For example, if you release the older call of duty games now, who will buy the new one? Customers would probably wait until well after Christmas. Both Gears of War and Fallout 4 lost players to their own backwards compatible games that were packed in, so what happens to sales for, lets say the new tomb raider game if something similar like bioshock or farcry gets free backwards compatibility now while they are trying to generate sales? More importantly what happens to indie game sales on the xbox store if you have a ton of free games that are 75% bigger and better than those available for sale?

  • Justin McGill

    so just curious.. does that mean this short list of titles will be the anamoly and not the rule of future releases? Honestly I’d love to have seen some Rockstar titles like San Andreas, Red Dead among the list.. or maybe even Splinter Cell .. (speaking of will we see Sam Fischer on nex gen hardware? Let’s HOPE so).

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