We got our first look at NBA 2K21 at the PlayStation 5 reveal event. Since then we’ve gotten plenty more.
Let’s go over everything we know so far about NBA 2K21 on PS5.
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NBA 2K21 will have many different choices for players across editions, consoles and more.
You can read over our NBA 2K21 Buyer’s Guide to learn all the ins and outs.
For PS5 players, you’ll have a choice between the Next-Gen Standard Edition with Zion Williamson on the cover, and the Mamba Forever Edition with Kobe Bryant on the cover.
MyPlayer progress won’t carry over
Rumors have it that MyPlayer progress won’t carry over from NBA 2K21’s current gen release to next gen two months later, as next gen will come with some new features to MyPlayer.
While this can be frustrating for players excited to start on release day, new features could be a big step up for MyPlayer in NBA 2K21.
2K has given us a glimpse of the gaming future.
While the PS4 version of the Standard Edition for NBA 2K21 will cost £54.99/$59.99. They have priced the PS5 version at £64.99/$69.99.
That’s no bad thing given the capability of the machine and how much the developers can improve things in the next generation of gaming.
The only way to carry NBA 2K21 over from PS4 to PS5 without buying the game twice (that we know of right now) will be via the Mamba Forever Edition – 2K’s tribute to Kobe Bryant.
At £84.99/$99.99 it isn’t cheap, but given the amazing cover art and the Dual Access it may be worth the price.
Next-gen cover star
When the new console arrives, NBA 2K21 players will be rewarded with this amazing piece of cover art.
NBA 2K21 on PS5
We got our first look at NBA 2K21 at the PS5 reveal event.
It wasn’t much, but we did see in-engine shots of Zion Williamson putting in work on the practice court.
We didn’t get a defined release date, but we did get a release date window in the official reveal trailer, a window of Fall 2020.
This will come much sooner than we expect next-gen consoles, currently slated for holiday 2020, so players will be faced with a choice to make.
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Regardless of whether you purchase NBA 2K21 on current gen consoles first, by the time next gen rolls around, the differences will be very noticeable.
Whilst statistics suggest that console gaming is more popular than PC gaming, it is no secret that gaming PCs have the capabilities to pack far more power than consoles.
However, with the PS5, Sony is set to bridge the gap even further.
It will have a new eight-core AMD CPU based on AMD’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture, and a custom GPU based on its new Radeon Navi hardware. These chips will bring huge benefits, including support for up to 8K graphics, ray tracing, and 3D audio.
What does this mean though? Well, in short, it means that the gaming experience on the PS5 should be tenfold to the PS4 in just about every single aspect.
The main thing which will please fans of sports titles such as 2K is the boost to loading screen times, which will be almost non-existent on Sony’s new super console.
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Whilst we love the MyCAREER on 2K20, the loading times between scenes can be somewhat tedious. You won’t need to worry about this on the PS5, making those cinematic scenes even more impressive.
To keep up to date on both next-gen consoles and the tech inside them, stay tuned to Stealth Optional.
What does this mean for NBA 2K21?
Whilst the graphics on 2K20 are pretty impressive, the power that the PS5 possesses with its 8k graphics and ray tracing will allow developers like 2K Games to create a hyper-realistic environment and ensure that player’s faces look better than ever.
Next gen consoles are arriving just in time for EA and 2K Games to compete for future exclusivity to make NFL games, a contract that came to a close for the NFL and EA this year.
Gaming against the AI has become a thing of the past for many gamers, with players opting to take their experience online and challenge gamers around the world.
However, the boosted specs in the PS5 will allow AI to be more intelligent and realistic. This will make competing against the AI more challenging but also more realistic. So fear not offline gamers, the PS5 will be great for you too!
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With this, we expect NBA 2K21 on the PlayStation 5 is going to be bigger, better and more powerful than ever.
EA has taken a huge step forward in the next-gen move by introducing Dual Entitlement, which will allow those that purchase FIFA 21 and Madden 21 on current-gen consoles to get a free upgrade to next-gen.
This will help bridge the gap between expected release dates and the release of next gen consoles, which is currently slated for holiday 2020.
2K Games has yet to reveal anything in regards to this feature for NBA 2K21, which is a huge a disappointment for the audience. If 2K Games doesn’t include something similar to this deal, fans will have to choose between purchasing NBA 2K21 on release to only play on current gen consoles, or waiting for next gen consoles to buy their copy.
Leon Joseph is just a few years into his journalist career, but has already had pieces published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Game Spot. In regards to academics, Leon earned a degree in business from Texas State. Leon has passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in the gaming industry.