Let’s go over everything we know about NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series X.
Latest news – 2K21 price revealed
Buying NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series X will cost you a little more.
The price is set at £64.99 for the game on Xbox’s next-gen console, and that’s just for the Standard Edition.
Next-gen cover star for Xbox Series X
While there is no release date set for the hardware, NBA 2K21 will already be available by the time it does arrive.
Mamba Forever Edition – Dual Access included
The Mamba Forever Edition, a tribute to Kobe Bryant, will cost £84.99.
This version comes with Dual Access, meaning you can buy it on release day (4 September) and will get a next-gen copy of the game with it.
Given 2K’s statement about Dual Access for the Mamba Forever Edition, we assume that NBA 2K21 will not be using Smart Delivery.
What can we expect from Xbox Series X?
The full capabilities of the console have yet to be revealed, however we do have some pieces to the puzzle. You can keep up to date on the Xbox Series X and all other gaming tech at Stealth Optional.
The Xbox Series X will come equipped with lightning-fast, high-bandwidth DDR6 RAM that Microsoft has claimed will “usher in resolution and framerates we’ve never seen before”.
What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that the Series X will be four times as powerful as Microsoft’s current console, the Xbox One X. With the One X currently the most powerful home console to ever be made, this console is going to possess unimaginable power.
The console will support up to 8K resolution and 120 frames-per-second gaming experiences, and if that wasn’t enough, Xbox Series X will also have support for variable refresh rate and real-time ray tracing.
What does this mean for NBA 2K21?
We finally got our first look at NBA 2K21 gameplay in brief clips from the official reveal trailer. While the trailer only included Zion Williamson, the footage is from pre-alpha in-engine graphics according to 2K Games.
And while it may have more sweat than gameplay, what we’ve seen so far has been impressive.
One of the important pieces of information we’ve received so far for NBA 2K21 will arrive on 4 September.
That means the game will come out long before next-gen consoles, which means players will have to figure out how they want to approach purchasing the game.
But when the Xbox Series X drops in ‘Holiday 2020’, expect to see a number of improvements to the game, notably:
A massive increase in graphics quality – The addition of ray tracing – a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image – means that players, fans, stadiums and everything in between will look better than ever before.
Lightning fast loading screens – By using the SSD as virtual RAM, there should be no such thing as loading screens on the Xbox Series X.
The most immersive sports gameplay – 8K supported gameplay means that visuals will be crisper and more realistic than ever! That means that things like important cinematics in MyCAREER will be more immersive than ever.
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