How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

Microsoft might close this loophole eventually, but it seems to be working for now.

If you want to get in on backwards compatibility right now, this method comes courtesy of Gamingbygamers on YouTube. It only seems to work with digitally purchases on Xbox 360.

The steps are simple enough. If you have a friend that's participating in the Xbox One preview program, you can use their profile to unlock the games on your own profile.

First, navigate to the friends tab on the dashboard. Specifically, the "popular with friends" section. Then, click on the "..." button at the bottom, which takes you to a much bigger list.

How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

Scroll over until you find a friend who's played a backwards compatible game.

How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

Then, click on the game. In this case, we're looking at A World of Keflings.

How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

This allows you to pull up the proper store link that's not available to regular users.

How To Download Xbox 360 Games If You're Not A Preview Member

Voila! Provided you already own a copy of the game, you're good to go.

I tried this out myself, and it worked just for me on Banjo-Kazooie.

Of course, since it's a preview program, beware that it could crash. It's rolling out to everyone else later this year, and Microsoft has promised lots more games will end up being compatible.


Comments

    Presumably something like this will work transitively. So if you've got a friend who has a friend in the preview program and everyone has the game, you'll also be able to get access to the store page.

    It's interesting that the game actually runs. I wonder if you'd be able to prompt a similar result by playing these games on the 360 and then trying to access the store page that way.

    Or you could ask your friend to invite you to the preview program...

    i dont think it works in aus

    If anyone wants a preview invite follow me or add me. GT: The Witchfinder

    They seem to have closed the loophole. I managed to grab about 7 games before they did.

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