NBA 2K21 made its first appearace at the PlayStation 5 reveal event.
Since then we’ve gotten plenty of news about the game, and how it will look on its first launch day.
But how will it be on next-gen consoles?
Let’s go over everything you should know about NBA 2K21 on the next-gen powerhouse PS5.
Latest news – NCAA basketball returns to MyCAREER
NBA 2K21 revealed that NCAA college basketball is making its return to the series in MyCAREER this year!
There will be 10 playable college teams you can choose to play for early on in MyCAREER, and how you perform will dictate your future as an NBA player.
You can see the return of the NCAA in 2K in the trailer below:
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.
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.
Next-gen cover star
When the new console arrives, NBA 2K21 players will be rewarded with this amazing piece of cover art.
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.
NBA 2K21 Demo
The NBA 2K21 demo has arrived, and it allows players their first experience with the new gameplay features in NBA 2K21
You can read over our first impressions of the demo here.
New NBA 2K21 Gameplay Features
We now have an in-depth guide on all of the huge new NBA 2K21 gameplay features and improvements!
You can also read over the initial announcements here.
These features will debut in the current-gen version of NBA 2K21, but we have no confirmations that they will carry over in their current form to the next-gen version, or if they will be expanded upon.
Current-Gen Gameplay Trailer
The first gameplay trailer for NBA 2K21 has arrived!
Featuring stellar dribbles, a big buzzer-beater, and all current-gen graphics, the game looks terrific.
And with how great it looks on current-gen, we can’t wait to see it on next-gen!
MyTEAM Trailer and New Features
We got plenty of news about NBA 2K21 MyTEAM, and it’s looking fantastic so far!
You can check out the hype trailer as well below:
NBA 2K21 Buyer’s Guide
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.
Ernestina Saenz Salcido is a reporter for News Lair. She mostly writes on her free time about gadgets and tech news. When she’s not working she takes care of her 2 daughters.