Xbox One’s Killer App This Holiday Season Is the Xbox 360 Library

Microsoft will soon offer a way to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.

by Nicholas Deleon
Nov 9 2015, 3:15pm

Image: BioWare

Some of the best games you'll be playing on your Xbox One over holidays were released last generation.

Microsoft on Monday revealed the first 104 Xbox 360 games that will be playable on the Xbox One using the new system's backwards compatability mode. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, as the feature is officially named, was announced at E3 last June, and instantly gives the Xbox One a game library that Sony's PS4 would be lucky to match (putting aside PlayStation Now, Sony's service that lets players stream older titles to their PS4 for a fee). The feature launches this Thursday.

Digital Xbox 360 games linked to your Xbox Live account can merely be downloaded and then played on the Xbox One, while disc-based based need to be inserted into the system to trigger the necessary files to download.

The full list of compatible Xbox 360 games:

A Kingdom for KeflingsLode Runner™A World of KeflingsLUMINES LIVE!Alien Hominid HDMass Effect™Assassin's Creed IIMetal Slug 3Asteroids & DeluxeMetal Slug XXBanjo Kazooie®: Nuts & BoltsMight & Magic Clash of Heroes™Banjo-Kazooie®Mirror's Edge™Banjo-Tooie®Missile CommandBattleBlock TheaterMonday Night CombatBejeweled 2Monkey Island: Special EditionBellator: MMA OnslaughtMonkey Island 2: Special EditionBeyond Good & Evil HDMs. Splosion Man™Blood of the WerewolfMutant Blobs Attack!!!BloodRayne: BetrayalN+BorderlandsNBA JAM: On Fire EditionCall of Juarez® GunslingerNiGHTS into dreams…Castle CrashersOperation Flashpoint™: Dragon RisingCastleStormPac-Man: Championship Edition™Centipede & MillipedePac-Man: Championship Edition DX+Condemned: Criminal OriginsPerfect DarkCrazy Taxi™Perfect Dark ZeroDeadliest Warrior: LegendsPhantom Breaker:Battle GroundsDefense Grid: The AwakeningPinball FX™DiRT 3Plants vs. ZombiesDiRT ShowdownPrince of PersiaDiscs of TronPutty SquadDoomRayman 3 HDDoom IIR-Type Dimensions™Dungeon Siege IIISacred CitadelEarthworm Jim HDSega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.Fable IISega Vintage Collection: Golden AxeFallout 3Sega Vintage Collection: Monster WorldFeeding FrenzySega Vintage Collection: Streets of RageFeeding Frenzy 2: Shipwreck ShowdownShadow ComplexGears of WarSonic CDGears of War 2Sonic The HedgehogGears of War 3Sonic The Hedgehog 2Gears of War: JudgmentSonic The Hedgehog 3Golden Axe™Super Meat BoyHalo: Spartan AssaultSupreme Commander 2Hardwood Backgammon®Tom Clancy's RainbowSix VegasHardwood Hearts®Tom Clancy's RainbowSix Vegas 2Hardwood Spades®South Park: The Stick of Truth™Heavy WeaponTorchlightHexic HDToy SoldiersIkarugaToy Soldiers: Cold WarJetpac RefuelledTron: EvolutionJoy Ride TurboUgly Americans: ApocalypsegeddonJust Cause 2Viva PiñataKameo™: Elements of PowerViva Piñata: Trouble In ParadiseLEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video GameWolfenstein 3DLEGO Star Wars: The Complete SagaZuma

Microsoft says that additional games, including Halo Reach and BioShock, will be added beginning in December.

By leveraging the Xbox 360's deep library, it has a better chance of convincing Xbox 360 gamers who haven't yet bought an Xbox One or PS4 that they can still play some of their old favorites without having to keep another console plugged into the TV.