NBA 2K21 PS5: Price Confirmed, Dual Access, Cover athlete reavealed, Next-Gen, MyPlayer, Specs, reveal trailer, gameplay, release date & more

Sony’s exciting new console will improve gaming for everyone, including fans of the 2K sim.

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NBA 2K21 was on full display at the PlayStation 5 reveal event, and ever since, we’ve gotten plenty of awesome information about the upcoming game.

Since we’ve already seen NBA 2K21 on the PS5, we know how strong it will be.

Let’s go everything we know about NBA 2K21 on the next-gen console.

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Latest news – 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.

Cost

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.

GET MAMBA EDITION NBA 2K21 HERE!

Dual Access

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.

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TWO COVERS: On the left is the PS4 cover, on the right the PS5

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

Zion Williamson will be on the cover of NBA 2K21 when it arrives on the PS5.

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GOING UP: Zion rises above the competition on PS5

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.

READ MORE: NBA 2K21: Everything you need to know

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.

PS5 Specs

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.

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CRYSTAL CLEAR: The PS5 is already looking like the king of next-gen

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.

READ MORE: PS5: Everything to know so far

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.

GRAPHICS: If you thought Idris Elba looked good on PS4, just wait for the PS5!

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!

With this, we expect NBA 2K21 on the PlayStation 5 is going to be bigger, better and more powerful than ever.

READ MORE: PS5 Controllers leaked?

Dual Entitlement?

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.

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THE FUTURE IS HERE: Dual Entitlement will solve a huge issue for FIFA 21 and Madden 21 fans, we can only hope 2K Games will follow suit

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.

READ MORE: NBA 2K21 Price: Editions, release date & more

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