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What is Backward Compatibility?
Play hundreds of Xbox 360 games, and now, classic Original Xbox titles on Xbox One. Select Xbox 360 games are Xbox One X Enhanced, leveraging the additional power of the console for higher resolution, 9X the original pixel count, and expanded color details. Experience game franchises across generations and enjoy the titles you own and love at no additional cost. For Xbox 360 games, keep your game saves, add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore. And with Xbox Live Gold, play multiplayer games with friends across Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox One is the only place to play the best games of the past, present and future.*
The digital titles that you own and are part of the Back Compat game catalog will automatically show up in the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One. For disc-based games that are a part of the Back Compat game catalog, insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive. After the game has downloaded to your hard drive, users will still need to keep the game disc in the drive to play.
Xbox One Backward Compatibility is free and allows you to play select Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games you already own on Xbox One.
Xbox Live Gold is not required for Xbox One Backward Compatibility. However, it is required for any standard Xbox Live Gold feature like online multiplayer.
Functionality will be very similar. You can play the digital or disc-based game you own, taking advantage of Xbox One features like Game DVR and broadcasting.
Since these are the original games, not remasters, Xbox Live services such as online multiplayer and in-game marketplaces that were available on the Original Xbox, will not be available. However, offline multiplayer scenarios such as co-op, party scenarios (multiple controller on one console), and system-link are supported if they were supported on the Original Xbox. With system-link (if game supports the feature), you can play with others across Original Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles.
There are no Xbox achievements for Original Xbox games because this functionality was not available on the Original Xbox at that time of its release. Lastly, game saves will not transfer to Xbox One but once created on Xbox One, the game saves can transfer to other Xbox One consoles through the cloud.
*Broadband internet required (ISP fees apply). Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature works with select Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games, see https://www.xbox.com/backcompat. Xbox Live, Xbox Achievements, and transfer of game saves from Original Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles not available for Original Xbox backward compatible games. Xbox Live and broadband internet required for initial download of game to console. Live Gold required for online multiplayer and some features of Game DVR. Multiplayer between Xbox One and Xbox 360 supported for select titles. Games with Gold is for paid Gold members only. On Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you’ve redeemed. Restrictions apply. Requirements and available features vary across consoles. Offer terms and availability subject to change. See https://www.xbox.com/live/games-with-gold.