How to Get Original XBox Games to Play on an XBox 360

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In addition to its own library of games, Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console allows gamers to play some of the original Xbox's games as well. This allows players to revisit games like "Halo," "Fable" and "Doom 3" without having to own an original Xbox. Unlike the hardware-based backward compatibility of the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 uses a software-based solution. This allows the system to play Xbox games without an additional chipset; however, it also limits the number of games that will work with the system.

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Things you need

  • Backward compatibility list
  • Xbox 360 game console with hard drive
  • Xbox game disc

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  1. 1

    Check the official Xbox backward compatibility game list. Only the Xbox games on the list will work with your Xbox 360.

  2. 2

    Turn on your Xbox 360.

  3. 3

    Install the latest Xbox backward compatibility system update. If you have an Xbox Live account, sign in to your account and the system will update automatically. If you do not have an Xbox Live account, you can download the system update to your computer, burn it to a CD or DVD and open it on your Xbox 360 or order a system update disc directly from Microsoft.

  4. 4

    Insert a compatible Xbox game disc into your Xbox 360 to begin playing.

Tips and warnings

  • Only Xbox 360 systems with the hard drive accessory will be able to play original Xbox games.

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