Gears of War now Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

The New Xbox One Experience launches November 12 and with it comes Backwards Compatibility for the complete collection of Gears of War games for Xbox 360. As previously confirmed we’ll be giving tokens for the collection to everyone who plays Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live between August 25 and December 31, 2015.

We will begin fulfilling these tokens starting November 19 through Xbox Live in-dash message system so be sure to check your inbox. Tokens will be sent out in waves and we will not get everyone in the first wave – we appreciate your patience as we roll this program out!

We’ll continue to provide updates for this program and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on  More information about the Backward Compatibility program can be found at .

For a limited time, purchase and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for use on Xbox One!*

*Includes Xbox 360 titles Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment. Each title will work as part of the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program upon Backwards Compatibility general availability – expected fall 2015.  To qualify purchase and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live between August 25, 2015 and December 31 2015.  Must be 17+.  Xbox One, broadband internet (ISP fees apply) and Xbox Live membership required. Dates, content, and features subject to change. Not available in all markets. Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature works with select Xbox 360 games, see Xbox 360 accessories and Kinect, and games requiring those accessories, are not compatible with Xbox One consoles. Xbox Live and broadband internet required for initial download of game to console

Q & A

Q: Do I need to have Xbox Live Gold?
If you purchase and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition while connected to Xbox Live – whether a Silver or Gold member – by December 31, 2015, you will qualify.

Q: Do I need the new Xbox One experience to play any backwards compatible games?
Yes you will need the new Xbox One experience to play any backwards compatible games including the Gears of War collection.  If you do not have this update, please go to 'System Settings' and choose 'Update Now' on your Xbox One console.

Q: How do I get my tokens? Do I get them right when I purchase the game?
We’ll begin fulfilling this program starting November 19 2015. You’ll receive messages with game tokens through Xbox Live’s in-dash message system. We’ll fulfill those tokens in waves, so if you don’t receive your tokens on Nov. 19 know that we’re working hard to get them to you as quickly as we can!

Q: What happens if I already own one of the Gears of War games for Xbox 360?
You’ll get access to the games you already own when Backward Compatibility launches. If you already owned some or all of the Xbox 360 games we greatly thank you for your support over the years.

Q: How does backward compatibility work if I only own retail/physical copies of my Xbox 360 games?
Insert the Xbox 360 disc into the Xbox One optical disc drive. The Xbox 360 game will be downloaded and installed to your Xbox One hard-drive. An initial download is required that will require internet connection and ISP fees apply. You will need to insert the Xbox 360 disc in the Xbox One Console whenever you want to play this game.

Q: Will I be able to play Gears of War’s multiplayer modes, including Versus and Co-op?
All game modes, including Multiplayer, will work just as they do on Xbox 360. Additionally, you can play with people who are either playing Gears of War via backwards compatibility on Xbox One, or on Xbox 360.

Q: What if I already have DLC or Game Add-ons from previous Gears of War games – do I need to buy it again or will it work?
Your previously purchased Game Add-ons will work and be ready to download once the Backwards Compatibility program goes live on November 12.

Q: Can I buy new DLC for Xbox 360 Gears of War titles through my Xbox One?
Not at this time. To purchase Game Add-ons and other DLC you’ll need to use the store at or visit the Xbox Live Marketplace from an Xbox 360.

Q: What if I buy and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition after November 19th? How will I get my tokens?
We’ll be scanning for new players each week until the cutoff of December 31st. If you buy and play on Xbox Live through the end of the year, we’ll see it, add you to our list and send you tokens. It may take a couple of weeks to process so we thank you in advance for your patience!

Q: Will all my codes be sent in one message?
There will be multiple messages containing codes and some additional information regarding the codes.  There may be a delay between you receiving the first and second messages with the codes.  Once you get the first message, you can redeem your first two codes and start downloading the games while you wait for the next codes to arrive.

Q: What if I delete/misplace my Ultimate Edition backwards compatibility codes by accident? What do I do?
Users can make a post in this forum from the Gamertag that you originally received the code on and let them know of the situation. You should receive a response within 72 hours.  The Xbox Customer Support team will be handing out responses as quickly as they can. 

If you have any other Backward Compatibility questions, we encourage you to head to the Xbox Customer Support forums for further assistance.