*UPDATED* NBA 2K21 Xbox Series S: Pre-orders now LIVE, Price, release date, specs, gameplay, latest news & more
Microsoft’s announcement promises next-gen capability in a small package. What does it mean for 2K?
Microsoft have confirmed the Xbox Series S and you can now pre-order the alternative next-gen console!
NBA 2K21 may have only been on current-gen consoles for three weeks, but next-gen is much closer than we could’ve predicted with its previously slated holiday 2020 release date.
With next-gen around the corner, here’s all the details for NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series S!
Latest news – Xbox Series S pre-orders open NOW!
Want to get your hands on the Xbox Series S on release day? Pre-orders for the console are open now!
Given the early demand and the weak supply we’ve seen so far with next-gen consoles, you’ll want to pounce on it as soon as you can.
Xbox Series S price
The new digital-only Xbox will come in at just $299. This is a far lower price point than many predicted.
In the UK it will be just £249, which puts it right into Nintendo Switch range rather than a traditional console price.
The Series S has a release date of 10 November, the same date as its big brother the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series S specs
So what’s the difference inside the Xbox Series S compared to its bigger broth? Here are the confirmed specs:
- CPU: Eight-core 3.8ghz custom Zen 2
- GPU: Four teraflops 1.55 GHz
- RAM: 10GB GDDR6
- Frame rate: Up to 120 fps
- Resolution: Up to 4K
- Storage: 512GB custom NVME SSD
There’s a few notable things here. One is that it is considerably less powerful than the Xbox Series X. That was to be expected given the lower price, though the gap is somewhat staggering.
The Series S has four teraflops compared to the Series X’s 12. It has 10 GB RAM as opposed to the Series X’s 16, and just half the internal storage.
What these lower specs does is put the Series S right in the range of the Xbox One X.
However, as our friends at Stealth Optional put it, while the One X has better numbers the Series S will run faster and has better quality RAM.
If you’re in need of a new Xbox but not too bothered about the ultra-power of the Series X then the Series S is a terrific option for you.
NBA 2K21 on Xbox Series S
This is where things get a bit tricky.
2K has stated previously that NBA 2K21 on next-gen will be a whole other experience, with added features that make it a new experience.
A new Neighborhood, gameplay overhauls, and features are all coming on next-gen, along with upgraded graphics.
Will the Series S’ lower specs still be able to deliver on these features, for which 2K are charging $10/£10 more?
We hope so. Microsoft are advertising the Series S as “next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever”, so if it really is next-gen then it should be able to handle all the next-gen features in NBA 2K21.
This should make it a solid budget option for NBA 2K21.
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