Which original Xbox and Xbox 360 games can be played on the Xbox One X?

If you've hoarded a bunch of old Xbox games because you couldn't bear to get rid of them, the news many are now playable should be music to your ears.

Xbox recently announced some welcome news for the many nostalgic gamers out there, when they revealed that some of their older titles would be playable on their latest console – the Xbox One X.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about the Xbox One X]

How is Xbox able to do this?

The return to playability for old games is thanks to the Xbox One X’s backward-compatibility function. A wide range of games from the first-ever Xbox are playable on the console.

Not every game that was released on the Xbox can be made compatible for Xbox One X, and this is mostly down to the fact some publishers no longer exist, or there are problems with licensing the songs used in them.

What original Xbox games can be played?

Among the titles are Black, an EA first-person shooter that was lauded as having the best graphics for a game of its kind at the time of release.

Xbox plans to release another batch of original classic games in spring next year. In the meantime, here are the first wave of games that are getting back-compatibility.

  • Black
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • Psychonauts
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!

[Read more: The Xbox One X review]

What Xbox 360 games can be played?

  •  Kingdom for Keflings
  • A World of Keflings
  • Age of Booty
  • Alan Wake
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Alien Hominid HD
  • Altered Beast
  • Anomaly Warzone Earth
  • Aqua
  • ARKANOID Live!
  • Army of Two
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Assassin's Creed II
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Assassin’s Creed® Rogue
  • Assault Heroes 2
  • Asteroids & Deluxe
  • Astropop

B

  • BLACK™
  • Battlefield Bad Co.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Babel Rising
  • Band of Bugs
  • Banjo Kazooie
  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Battlefield 3™
  • Battlefield: Bad Co. 2
  • Battlestations: Midway
  • BAYONETTA
  • Beat’n Groovy
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Bejeweled 3
  • Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD
  • Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Blazing Angels
  • Blood Knights
  • Blood of the Werewolf
  • Bloodforge
  • BloodRayne: Betrayal
  • Blue Dragon
  • Bomberman Battlefest
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Borderlands
  • Borderlands 2
  • Bound by Flame
  • Braid
  • Brain Challenge™
  • Bully: Scholarship Ed
  • Burnout Paradise

C

  • Cars: Mater-National
  • Crimson Skies®: High Road to Revenge™
  • Child of Eden
  • COD: Advanced Warfare
  • Cabela’s Alaskan Adventures
  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013
  • Cabela’s Survival: SoK
  • Call of Duty® 2
  • Call of Duty® 3
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops
  • Call of Duty®: Black Ops II
  • Call of Duty®: Ghosts
  • Call of Duty®: World at War
  • Call of Juarez® Gunslinger
  • CAPCOM ARCADE CABINET
  • Carcassonne
  • Cars 2: The Video Game
  • Castle Crashers
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • Castlestorm
  • Castlevania: SOTN
  • Catherine
  • Centipede & Millipede
  • Civilization Revolution
  • Comic Jumper
  • Comix Zone
  • Commaders: Attack
  • Condemned
  • Contra
  • Costume Quest 2
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Crazy Taxi
  • CRYSTAL DEFENDERS™
  • Crystal Quest

D

  • Driver San Francisco
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Deadfall Adventures
  • Disney Bolt
  • Deadliest Warrior
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders II
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Void
  • DAYTONA USA
  • de Blob 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West
  • Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
  • Dead Space™
  • Dead Space™ 2
  • Dead Space™ 3
  • Dead Space™ Ignition
  • Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  • Deathspank T.O.V.
  • Defense Grid
  • DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
  • DIG DUG
  • DiRT 3
  • DiRT Showdown
  • Discs of Tron
  • Domino Master
  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • DOOM 3 BFG Edition
  • Doritos Crash Course
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Duck Tales: Remastered
  • Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
  • D&D: Chronicles of Mystara
  • Dungeon Siege III

E

  • Earth Defense Force 2017
  • E4
  • Earthworm Jim HD
  • Earth Defense Force: IA
  • Eat Lead
  • Encleverment Experiment
  • Escape Dead Island

F

  • Far Cry 2
  • Fuzion Frenzy®
  • Fable Trilogy
  • Fable Anniversary
  • Fable® II Pub Games
  • Fighting Vipers
  • F1 2014
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 3
  • Far Cry 3® Blood Dragon
  • Feeding Frenzy
  • Feeding Frenzy 2
  • Final Fight: Double Impact
  • Flashback
  • FLOCK!
  • Forza Horizon
  • Foul Play
  • Fret Nice
  • Frogger
  • Frogger 2
  • Frontlines: Fuel of War
  • FunTown Mahjong

G

  • Girl Fight
  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies™
  • Goat Simulator
  • Galaga
  • Galaga Legions
  • Galaga Legions DX
  • GAROU -MARK OF THE WOLV
  • Gatling Gears
  • Gears of War
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Geometry Wars Evolved²
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
  • Ghostbusters
  • Gin Rummy
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  • Golden Axe
  • Golf: Tee It Up!
  • Go! Go! Break Steady
  • GTA IV
  • Grid 2
  • Gripshift
  • Guardian Heroes (TM)
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Guwange
  • Gyromancer
  • Gyruss

H

  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
  • Halo 3 ODST Campaign Edition
  • Halo 3
  • HALF-MINUTE HERO -Super Mega Neo-
  • Halo: Reach
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo Wars
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
  • Hardwood Backgammon
  • Hardwood Hearts
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Harms Way
  • Haunted House
  • Heavy Weapon
  • Hexic 2
  • Hexic HD
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Hydro Thunder

I

  • I am Alive
  • Ikaruga
  • ilomilo
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Interpol
  • Iron Brigade

J

  • Jewel Quest
  • Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joe Danger Special Edition
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie
  • Joust
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • JUJU
  • Just Cause 2

K

  • KOF SKY STAGE
  • Kameo
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Killer Is Dead
  • KOF2002UM

L

  • LEGO Indiana Jones™ 2
  • Lazy Raiders
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • LEGO Batman
  • LEGO® Indiana Jones™
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: TCS
  • Limbo
  • Lode Runner
  • LUMINES LIVE!
  • Luxor 2

M

  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic 2013
  • Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • Marlow Briggs
  • Mutant Storm Reloaded
  • MONOPOLY DEAL
  • METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE
  • Madballs Babo: Invasion
  • Mad Tracks
  • Magic 2012
  • Mars: War Logs
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Matt Hazard: BBB
  • Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • MEGA MAN 9
  • MEGA MAN 10
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug XX
  • Midway Arcade Origins
  • Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  • Military Madness
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Missile Command
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine
  • Monday Night Combat
  • Monkey Island: SE
  • Monkey Island 2: SE
  • MONOPOLY PLUS
  • MOON DIVER
  • Motocross Madness
  • Mr. DRILLER Online
  • Ms. Splosion Man
  • MS.PAC-MAN
  • Mutant Blobs Attack
  • Mutant Storm Empire
  • MX vs. ATV Reflex

N

  • Ninja Gaiden Black
  • N+
  • NEOGEO BATTLE COLISEUM
  • NBA JAM: On Fire Edition
  • NEW RALLY-X
  • NiGHTS into dream…
  • NIN2-Jump

O

  • Oblivion
  • OF: Dragon Rising
  • Omega Five
  • Operation Flashpoint: Red River
  • Of Orcs and Men
  • Outland

P

  • Peggle 2
  • P4A
  • Psychonauts
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man C.E
  • PAC-MAN CE DX+
  • PAC-MAN MUSEUM
  • Peggle
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  • Pinball FX
  • Planets Under Attack
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Poker Smash
  • Portal 2
  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Prince of Persia
  • Pure
  • Putty Squad
  • Puzzlegeddon
  • Puzzle Quest
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • Puzzle Quest Galactrix

Q

  • QIX ++
  • Quantum Conundrum

R

  • Radiant Silvergun
  • Rage
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Raskulls
  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Rayman Legends
  • Rayman Origins
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  • RoboBlitz
  • Rocket Knight
  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

S

  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Split/Second
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Sonic Adventure 2
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Sonic Adventure
  • Saints Row The Third™
  • Super Contra
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Screamride
  • SVC: ToeJam & Earl
  • Sacred 3
  • Sacred Citadel
  • Saints Row IV
  • Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space
  • Sam & Max Save the World
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Scarygirl
  • Scrap Metal
  • SEGA Bass Fishing
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  • Shadowrun
  • Shadow Assault/Tenchu
  • Shadow Complex
  • Shadows of the Damned
  • Shank™ 2
  • Shinobi
  • Shotest Shogi
  • Shred Nebula
  • Silent Hill: Downpour
  • Skate 3
  • Skullgirls
  • Skydive
  • Small Arms
  • Soltrio Solitaire
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic CD
  • Sonic the Fighters
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  • Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode I
  • Sonic The Hedgehog™ 4 Episode II
  • SOULCALIBUR
  • SoulCalibur II HD
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth™
  • Space Ark
  • Space Giraffe
  • Space Invaders: IG
  • Spelunky
  • Splosion Man
  • SSX
  • Stacking
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Strania
  • STREET FIGHTER IV
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Super Meat Boy
  • SUPER STREETFIGHTER IV ARCADE EDITION
  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Syberia

T

  • The Darkness II
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne - Episode 1
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Splatters™
  • TEKKEN 6
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  • Texas Hold’em
  • The Cave
  • The King of Fighters 98
  • The Maw
  • The Orange Box
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • Ticket to Ride
  • TimeShift
  • Tomb Raider Underworld
  • Torchlight
  • Tour de France 2009
  • Tour de France
  • Tower Bloxx Deluxe
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers Cold War
  • Trials HD
  • Toy Story 3
  • Triggerheart Exelica
  • Trine 2
  • Tron: Evolution

U

  • Undertow
  • Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  • Unbound Saga

V

  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
  • Virtual-On OT
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

W

  • Winterbottom
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Word Puzzle
  • WOTB: Commando 3

X

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • XCOM: Enemy Within

Y

  • Yosumin! LIVE

Z

  • Zuma
  • Zuma's Revenge!

Read more: 5 things an Xbox One can do apart from play games

More from BT