Xbox One compatibility with Xbox 360 and original Xbox

Overview

The Xbox One console was designed from the ground up to give you an all new experience. The system is entirely new and is generally not compatible with the Xbox 360 or original Xbox consoles. For example, games, controllers, and accessories that work with Xbox 360 won’t work with Xbox One (and vice versa).

There are some features, such as avatars and achievements, that do carry over from Xbox 360 through Xbox Live. These features are accessible through the Xbox One Dashboard.

If you own an Xbox 360 console and an Xbox One console, you can be signed in to both at the same time. However, you can only be signed in to one Xbox One console and one Xbox 360 console at a time.

If you want to access your Xbox 360 console, you can plug your Xbox 360 into the Xbox One through the Xbox One’s HDMI In port.

Note If you link the two consoles together and you use the Kinect sensor for Xbox 360, we recommend that you mute one of the Kinect microphones to avoid voice command interference.

Frequently asked questions

The following information answers frequently asked questions about the differences between Xbox One and Xbox 360.

How is my new Kinect sensor different from the Kinect sensor from my Xbox 360?

The new Kinect for Xbox One features a 1080p camera and is designed to accommodate smaller play spaces than its Xbox 360 predecessor. It also features a 1:1 movement ratio with little to no lag.

Use of the Kinect sensor is optional with Xbox One. But some features, like automatic player identification and voice/gesture control, don’t work without it.

Can I use the Kinect sensor from my Xbox 360 on my Xbox One?

Like other Xbox 360 peripherals and accessories, the Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 is not compatible with Xbox One and the Xbox One Kinect sensor is not compatible with the Xbox 360 console.

Can I use the wired/wireless controller from my Xbox 360 on my Xbox One?

The Xbox 360 controllers are not compatible with Xbox One and Xbox One Accessories are not compatible with Xbox 360.

Can I use the accessories (racing wheel, wireless headset, etc.) from my Xbox 360 on my Xbox One

Xbox 360 accessories are not compatible with Xbox One and Xbox One Accessories are not compatible with Xbox 360.

Can I plug my removable Hard Drive from my 360 into my Xbox One?

No. The Xbox One has a built-in 500-gigabyte (GB) hard disc. The only data that you will need in moving from the Xbox 360 will be your Xbox Live profile, and this can be downloaded when you connect the console to Xbox Live during set-up of your Xbox One system.

Note, Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users. 1 GB = 1billion bytes

Can I stand my Xbox One on its end like my Xbox 360?

The Xbox One console is designed to remain horizontal. Vertical positioning of the console is not supported.

Can I use the power supply from my Xbox 360 on my Xbox One?

No, the power supply from the Xbox 360 does not connect to the Xbox One console, nor will it satisfy the new console’s power requirements.

Can I use the USB drive that I plug into my Xbox 360 for added storage with my Xbox One?

For added storage, you can use an external drive that has a capacity of 256 GB or more and uses USB 3.0.

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