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Xbox One compatibility with Xbox 360 and original Xbox: FAQ

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.

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

Note Voice commands are not available in all regions. For a list of Xbox One features and the regions where they’re available, see Xbox One Feature Availability.

Can I use my Xbox 360 games with Xbox One (or vice versa)?

No. Games that work with Xbox 360 won't work with Xbox One (and vice versa).

Can I use my Xbox 360 controllers or accessories with Xbox One (or vice versa)?

No. Controllers and accessories that work with Xbox 360 won't work with Xbox One (and vice versa).

Will my avatars and achievements from Xbox 360 be available to me on Xbox One?

Your avatars and achievements do carry over from Xbox 360 through Xbox Live. These features are accessible when you sign in to your Xbox Live profile on your Xbox One console.

Can I be signed in to my Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles at the same time?

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.

My TV has only one HDMI port. Can I connect my Xbox 360 to my TV via my Xbox One console?

Yes. 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 use the Kinect sensors for both consoles, we recommend that you mute one of the Kinect microphones to avoid voice command interference.

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

The new Kinect for Xbox One features a 1080p camera and can 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, won’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 Xbox 360 into my Xbox One?

No. The Xbox 360 Hard Drive is not compatible with the Xbox One. If you have an Xbox Live profile on Xbox 360, the profile will automatically download to your Xbox One console during setup.

The Xbox One has a built-in 500-gigabyte (GB) hard disk, and you can connect a compatible external storage drive. For information about setting up and managing external storage for your Xbox One console, see Understand and manage storage on Xbox One.

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.

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

The Xbox One console is designed to remain horizontal. Do not position it vertically.

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, and it will not satisfy the new console’s power requirements.

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