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[Update] Red Dead Redemption bringing the Wild West to Xbox One with backwards compatibility

Update: It seems that Microsoft have blocked Red Dead Redemption on Xbox One by forcing players to download an unavailable update. Still, it's worth taking the early leak as confirmation that Red Dead Redemption is on its way, along with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Left 4 Dead 2, Alan Wake's American Nightmare and various other Xbox 360 classics that seemed to appear ahead of schedule. The original article is below.

Update 2: Xbox's Major Nelson just posted a statement on reddit confirming that the backwards compatible titles leaked early while in a testing phase: "Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles. Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available. We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon." Stay tuned for the official announcement when it happens.

Ever since Microsoft announced backwards compatibility support to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One, there have been a few titles folks kept shouting for. Red Dead Redemption is one of those, and now, it looks like it's happening.

Support for the game seems to have leaked out and some have been able to successfully get Rockstar's Wild West extravaganza installed on their consoles.

We should point out that nothing official has been released at this time by either Microsoft or Rockstar. At the time of writing getting the game to install seems to require something of a workaround, which the guys over at ICXM have detailed. Part of it seems to be that you're only able to do it right now if you bought a digital copy of the game.

Red Dead Redemption came into our lives in 2010. While far removed from the stylings of Rockstar's signature franchise, Grand Theft Auto, there were similarities in its open world approach and sold around 14 million copies. To date it has been a top three request on the list of desired backwards compatible titles. While some will have to wait a little while longer, it looks like there's going to be a lot of happy cowboys hitting the trails very soon.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Oh, this is good. Bring it on.
  • Wooooo-hooooo!!!
  • Wahooo or rather YEEE-HAWWW!!! ;]~)
  • A game I would buy a Xbox for....
  • I second this. One of my all time favorites.
  • True that!!!
  • Downloading now
  • How did you make it download!
  • Torrents maybe? Lol
  • How do I run torrented games on xbox one then?
  • I think there was some sarcasm you missed.
  • Sideload that torrented games then xD
  • Reading is a wonderful thing.
  • Xbox dot Com
    Log into your account
    Search the game
    Locate in Xbox 360 games
    Purchase the game
    Go to your Games and Apps on your Xbox One and BAM it's Ready for Download!
  • I followed the link. If you already own a digital copy of the game: on your Xbox one go to friends and search for asleepingmonkey. Go to his profile, then go to"following" and filter it by games. Look for RDR and click on it to go to the marketplace and download
  •    Finally! This is AWESOME news.
  • Now I can sell my 360
  • Yuck. I Hate rockstar. Used to work there.
  • Good for you. Noone cares, we all love rock star.
  • No, I hate Rockstar too.  But I loved RDR on 360.
  • Oh thanks for the response.. because my whole world stopped there in anticipation. "Red Dead Redemption came into our lives in 2010"... ​after which, Rockstar promptly laid off about 30 of the people who worked hardest on it. Classy...
  • I was interested in his response. So much for you replying to him on my behalf (in part, since you said "Noone [sic]".
  • Sure the people who already own this game are pretty happy.
  • This isn't about your experience working with the company (which I doubt you ever had), this is about the game and not the company. Plus GTA V was getting stale, going back to RDR is easier for me now since my Xbox 360 is dead... Add to that it's a GOOD GAME.
  • haha, because a google search for my name and "rockstar" was too hard for you...
    http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,65068/
    ​ That isn't a complete list, mind you.. I did work on RDR, they just removed my name from the credits because, well.. thats what they do.
  • So because of your supposed work for Rockstar turned out negative it automatically implies it sucks for everyone? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Lumia 950 XL
  • How did you post from Android on your 950 XL, Pirate Arr?
  • Boo ******* hoo you weren't anything special just another person with one trait that they thought wasn't necessary. Game company's do this all the time after a game is finished. We have a name for you people in the military, when they join and don't have any desire to work hard for a higher rank or MOS and they just want the SS check but they don't get it and now they complain about the Government. It's called a ******* leech.
  • Bing search Devan, Bing
  • I enjoyed Smugglers Run so much haven't played an off road game with physics that feel as rewarding since, not even gta5 executes it properly in it's "throwback" attempt.
    It would be so much fun if remastered with an online component.
  • all i know is gta 4 destroyed my love of rockstar.  A pc game i couldnt play on my pc till they patched it months later and out of the box wouldnt work with any of my contolers but it did keep advertising the xbox controler to me for sale lol.  Yeh that terrible game gta4 is the reason i dont buy rockstar products.
  • Omg !!!!
    Really, rock stars supporting Xbox one compatibility finally...need also GTA IV and la noire.
  • Sweet!! Downloading now
  • Is it work now ... May I can try it or I sould wait until official announcement ?
  • Wait. It's not been announced, yet.
  • Maybe I should've bought it all of those times it was on sale digitally. I figured it'd be added sooner or later. Oh well, guess I'll wait till they put it on sale again.
  • Same here for me, lol. Should have bought it last time it was on sale.
  • Now that's a game I hope they revisit. I've no interest in backwards capability, but an Xbox One sequel or prequel would go down a treat.
  • 100% this! Next gen Red Dead would be so sweet.
  • They're supposedly working on another RDR. Which yeah, I'm looking forward to it.
  • Downloading this and Alan Wake's American nightmare!!!
  • I loved, loved, LOVED Alan Wake. But I never did bother getting Amercan Nightmare. Is it good?
  • It's an entirely different game than Alan Wake.  It's more of a mindless shooter.
  • Alan Wake American Nightmare os not showing up in my list! Whyyy
  • They said it wasn't out yet...
  • This is awesome news! RDR is the reason I bought my 360 since it never released for PC. Can't wait to ride my Zebra Donkey on the Xbox One!
  • A remastered version of RDR would be welcomed.  
  • Gg ps4
  • This is one area where where Microsoft has Sony squarely beat. Yes, the PS4 is selling gangbusters, but this type of amazingly positive mindshare can only help the XB1.
  • Quite the boring game. Definitely not my type of game.
  • Well, what's your genre dude..? End on a positive note ;p
  • Have been looking forward to play this game for ages. That guide is GOLD, installing as I am typing this. YEEEEEE-HAWWW!!
  • Downloading now
  • Nice.
  • Hi
  • My precious
  • Ps4 isn't getting it
  • Xbox exclusive, isn't it ?
  • PS4 doesn't do backwards compatibility .
  • PS4 sits idle collecting dust at my house. Probably won't get turned on until Uncharted 4 hits.
  • I had this game for Xbox 360.So if I buy XBOX one I will be able to put the game to Xbox one,I have to download it for free or I have to buy it again???
  • If you bought disc, you use disc. If you bought it digital, you download it.
  • So it's the same with games for the old Xbox to Xbox 360 right??Like Turok and Halo 1...I put them to Xbox 360 and I can run them
  • Free.
  • Official support for RDR backwards compatibility has not been added yet. Using a disc copy of the game currently will not work. This is only currently playable on Xbox One with a digital copy of the game and using a work around to access a copy of the game that is likely meant only for testers.
    It's also possible that Microsoft will block access to this work around like the did for L4D2. Personally I would wait until it is officially supported.
    Once officially supported, you'll be able to use your disc copy of the game for free on Xbox One.
  • You called it
  • Awesome game
  • Hmm nice but would be nicer if they remake of this game... It's worth it
  • Never played this, I'm actually fairly excited for it.
  • Seems to run well. Think it's not been announced though because not all the DLC is there.
  • That's right...
  • What about some love for ps4. Sony should also bring backward compatibility.
  • It's Sony. I'll admit they are idiots Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Lumia 950 XL
  • Well, even if they did...we probably wouldn't be writing about it. Not until they adopt Windows 10 ;-)
  • Don't hold your breath. It took a nearly miraculous software engineering effort on Microsoft's part to get the XB1 to emulate the 360's completely different (Power PC) architecture. While anything is possible it doesn't seem like Sony has the software prowess or resources to pull that off.
  • they could always bring it to PS Now, i suppose.
  • Woooow !
  • I still hope they will make a PC version off it so I can finally play it as well.
  • I think Rockstar pulled it.  I installed it and played it last night but this moring it gave me an error. So I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and now it launches Hexic HD.
  • Oh man sorry but you inadvertently screwed your self. All you had to do was set your XB1 to "offline" and the game would have played just fine. It seems like Microsoft is blocking this for now until the official release.
  • Will "offline" setting allow me to play games and sign into my gamer profile to save game progress without having to connect to internet?
    Since I bought my xbox1 I have to use my phone as hotspot to sign in then sign back out so I can play games. Internet service not available where I live in USA.
    Thanks for any help
  • Yes, you can still play your games offline and game saves will be stored in the HDD. When you do go online it will auto upload to the cloud. Cheers!
  • got a chance to play that and Alan Wakes:American Nightmare. both played well.
  • Xbox One, the most Consumer Friendly Gaming Console on the market Hands Down! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Its been pulled.
    Source IGN
  • I have the physical copy
  • Glad to hear its on the way, if you uy the digital version and try to download it on your XBOX One you get Hexic instead.
  • Hmm, time to visit the old x360 preowned section me thinks :P.
  • How about Kinect sports
  • They said Kinect games can´t be emulated due to the Xbox One Kinect being too different than the 360 one. But it is also true they said Xbox 360 games couldn't be played on the One at all.
  • They chant.... Crysis 3 Crysis 3 ☺
  • I might buy an Xbox just for this game.
  • It's weird as I still have access to Red Dead.
  • One of my favorites from last generation.
  • I hope when next generation of consoles comes, this could be standard. Like when Ps2 came you could play all ps1 games. because now if I get new console I don't want to sell old one.
  • Sadly, backwards compatibility is in most cases a burden. It can be too costly to implement (The PS3 came with the PS2 internals in order to run PS2 games and that, among other things, is why it was too costly at launch. Newer PS3 are cheaper because they ditched PS2 compatibility) or could prevent further development (Nintendo Wii in order to be compatible with Gamecube contains the same internals and got Nintendo falling behind in capabilities, the same for 3DS which has not changed much since the first DS). Emulation, the Microsoft way, is not without its risks too. That's not only on videogames but in software in general. Backwards compatibility (The ability to run older Win32 or Win16 programs) is what prevents Windows to be as secure and feature-wise as Linux or OSX. The ability to display websites made for IE6 is what prevented newer versions of IE to be more secure, faster and standards compliant.
  • The fact that RDR has never been ported to PC remains one of the lowest point in the videogames history.
  • Agreed. It's my favorite open-world game, and I've always been so disappointed in Rockstar for not porting it.
  • YES