FAQ: How to play Xbox games on the new Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 may be fun and all, but sometimes you just feel like having a good ol' Covenant bashing session playing Halo 2. Maybe you're keen on visiting the land of Faerun again by spinning your Fable disc. Or perhaps you're keen to test your skills (and patience) by playing Ninja Gaiden. Thankfully, the 360 can play many Xbox 1 titles.

But before you stick your copy of Forza Motorsport into the 360, there are a few things you need to know. Check our list of frequently asked questions below for hassle-free gaming!

1. Can the Xbox 360 play all Xbox 1 games?
The simple answer, sadly, is no. Only about 200 Xbox 1 titles are able to be played on the new console, although Microsoft says more games will be continually added. For a full list of compatible games, click here.

2. What's the big deal? I thought the 360 was supposed to be backwards compatible. Why can't it play all Xbox 1 games?
The Xbox 360 is a powerful machine, but to be able to play Xbox 1 games it needs software emulators for each individual title. What that essentially means is the 360 needs a little software program to tell it how to play that old Xbox 1 game, and that's something Microsoft's programmers are still in the process of doing for all Xbox games. Expect more updates from the big M on this in the coming months.

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3. What do I need to make the 360 play compatible Xbox 1 games?
First and foremost, you'll need the hard disc drive accessory plugged into your Xbox 360 to play old Xbox games. If you've bought the 360 Core System - which doesn't come bundled with the 20GB hard drive - then you're out of luck (unless you buy the drive as an extra, of course).

You'll also need to download and install an update to your 360. This can be done either by updating through Xbox Live, burning the required file onto a CD or ordering the update disc from Microsoft direct.

4. I'm on Xbox Live. Where do I find the update?
To get the update, all you need is to have your 360 connected online and logged into Live. Insert an original Xbox game into the 360's disc drive, close it, and the update should begin automatically. Being on Xbox Live is the most hassle-free way to make sure you can play Xbox 1 games, as the system should automatically update each time support for new games come out.

5. I'm not online with Live. How do I get the update?
You have two options - either order an update disc from Xbox.com (which will be sent by mail and incur a small fee) or, if you have access to an Internet connection and a CD burner, you can download the update yourself.

To download the update yourself, visit this Xbox support page. The download itself is roughly 2.5MB. Simply unzip the downloaded file, burn it onto a blank CD or DVD (it must be the only file on the disc), and insert it into your 360. The process should begin automatically.

Click here for CNET.com.au's comprehensive Xbox 360 Launch Centre.

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mykamran posted a comment   
United Kingdom

hi i can update last version but not play any game plllzzz help me


GabbyBaby78 posted a comment   

Ok I just downloaded the Fable the original...I seen that I could get it on my xbox 360 for really cheap so here is my proble, I do not have the original controller though. I was fine until oh I say about 20 mins into the game, where I met with the guild master and I have to equip the stick to fight the dummy. It says I have to press a button below my letter buttons to do so, but sadly having the 360 controllers I do not have these buttons. So what do I do? I fig if Xbox put these games on the market place,(on xbox live) I could download and play with no problems. Did I just buy this game and I can't even really play it until I go out and get one of these old controls or what. I am so lost. \Please help. Please and thank you.


Dodo posted a comment   

I have Xbox360 how can i play Def Jam Fight For NY? please help mee!!


chris posted a comment   

Hey i have the new black xbox360 that didnt come with a hard drive and i brought one but I still cant play my halo 2. Please help me.


Caekz posted a comment   

xbox 360 suckz compered to playstation 3. and i have bouh of the game consoles. if i chould play fable on ps3, my life would be completed.


turtle posted a comment   

i go through all the steps but there isnt anything that says to update it i can only close the window. i put the game in ( need for speed hot pursuit 2) for the xbox1 but nothing tells me that i can update it. what can i do to ake it work?


bob posted a comment   

fix midtown madness 3 for xbox 360 pleeeeeeeeeeeeezzzz


fenny posted a comment   

ive downloaded the update from xbox to play old games on my 360 installed no problems but still not play old games even though it says it will like tony hawks american wasteland anyone got any idea why not thanx

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