We all want what we cannot have, and running Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One is only possible if you are part of the Xbox One Preview Program. What if I told you that you can get your Xbox 360 games downloaded on your Xbox One without a Preview Program console?

What you need:

  • Xbox One Console – duh
  • Any of these Xbox 360 titles under you account *must be downloadable, no disc*
    • A Kingdom for Keflings
    • A World of Keflings
    • Alien Hominid HD
    • Banjo-Kazooie
    • Banjo-Tooie
    • BattleBlock Theater
    • Defense Grid
    • Geometry Wars Evolved
    • Hexic HD
    • Jetpac Refuelled
    • Kameo
    • Mass Effect
    • N+
    • Perfect Dark
    • Perfect Dark Zero
    • Small Arms
    • Super Meat Boy
    • Toy Soldiers
    • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
    • Viva Piñata
    • Viva Piñata: TIP
    • Zuma

Method 1

  1. Make sure your Xbox One is connected to the internet, you are signed into your account which has the Xbox 360 games listed under its account
  2. Download the Twitch app off the Xbox Store
  3. Launch the Twitch app
  4. Click on Search and type in the game that you owned previously on your Xbox 360
  5. Find someone who is currently streaming the game and open their stream
  6. Under their profile you will find the option to “View in Store” open the store and download the game
  7. Once it has been downloaded you will find it under “My Games and Apps”

Method 2

For this method to work you will need to either follow someone or have a friend that is part of the Xbox Preview Program.

  1. Make sure your Xbox One is connected to the internet, you are signed into your account which has the Xbox 360 games listed under its account
  2. Launch the Friends app
  3. From there you will want to find “Popular with friends”
  4. Scroll through the games that your friends have been playing until you find an Xbox 360 game that you own
  5. Click on the game and it will show you an option to “View in store”
  6. This will then open the Xbox Store and give you the option to download the game
  7. Once it has been downloaded you will find it under “My Games and Apps”

Just to note

  • You will need to own the Xbox 360 games previously on your Microsoft account
  • If you cannot find someone streaming the game on Twitch, try again later
  • You can also visit xbox.com and purchase the Xbox 360 games on the list above

In case you need some visual help, here is a useful guide by GamingbyGamers