There is an awesome news for Halo Community. Beginning today, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary are now backward compatible for the Xbox One, Xbox One S and soon to be launched, Xbox One X. In fact, games including Halo: Reach (Xbox 360-era Halo title) are now available to play via backward compatibility on your Xbox One.
Moreover, all 360-era Halo DLC content like map packs are now free on the Xbox Store, so make sure you get them all to get the full experience. Also, note that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary isn’t available just yet as a digital download, but will be soon, and is still backward compatible via disc.
Q: How do I use Xbox One Backward Compatibility?
A: 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.
Q: Can I use the Halo 3: Mythic disc (that came with Halo 3: ODST) to play Halo 3 multiplayer?
A: Yes! In fact, the Halo 3: Mythic disc was what we used to demo Halo 3 back-compat earlier this Summer at RTX.
Q: Does backward compatibility cost extra?
A: Xbox One Backward Compatibility is free and allows you to play select Xbox 360 and Original Xbox games you already own on Xbox One.
Q: Is Xbox Live Gold required for backward compatibility?
A: 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.
Q: Do the back-compat Halo games support Kinect-specific features?
A: Kinect-specific features are exclusive to play on Xbox 360 consoles, but backward compatible Halo titles can take advantage of Xbox One specific features such as the Game DVR.
Q: What about DLC?
A: Earlier this Summer, all Xbox 360-era Halo DLC was made free to download on the Xbox Store.
Q: Can I do multiplayer gaming with friends who are playing the game on Xbox 360 or Xbox One?
A: Yes. For games that offer multiplayer gaming, you’ll be able to play with others who own the title on Xbox 360.
Q: Will my Achievements from Xbox 360 be available to me on Xbox One?
A: Yes, your achievements do carry over from Xbox 360 through Xbox Live. These are accessible when you sign into your Xbox profile on your Xbox One console.
For more answers to frequently asked questions regarding Xbox backward compatibility, visit Xbox.com.