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Can I Play Xbox Games on Xbox 360?

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 9: The Microsoft XBOX 360 is seen at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 9, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Question: Can I Play Xbox Games on Xbox 360?
Answer: The Xbox 360 is backwards compatible with certain games that were released for the original Xbox. The BC list has not been updated for quite some time, but there are more than 400 titles on the list which covers most of the big name titles. Halo, Halo 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Psychonauts, and Ninja Gaiden Black are just some of the Xbox games you can play on Xbox 360. For the full list, check here

There is a requirement for backwards compatibility and that is you have to have a hard drive for your Xbox 360. The 4GB Xbox 360 slim won't work for BC unless you put a hard drive in it. It also needs to be mentioned that you must use an official Microsoft-brand Xbox 360 hard drive. Third party drives you may find for cheaper on eBay do not have the necessary partitions to allow for backward compatibility, so it will not work (see full article here).

The way the backwards compatibility software is updated on your system is as simple as putting a backward compatible Xbox game into your Xbox 360, and the update will download from Xbox Live automatically.

Besides it being really convenient to be able to play both Xbox and Xbox 360 games on one system, playing Xbox games on your 360 has other benefits. Each and every compatible Xbox game will be upped to 720p/1080i resolution (assuming you have an HDTV) and will take advantage of full screen anti-aliasing.

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