NBA 2K21: Xbox Series X will make the 2K title even better than before

Microsoft's ultra-powerful next-gen console is set to revolutionize basketball gaming for everyone.

NBA 2K21 on the Xbox Series X

Microsoft’s contribution to the next generation of gaming, the Xbox Series X, is fast approaching.

It will be their weapon in the long term battle for console supremacy against Sony, who themselves come armed with the PS5.

Both new consoles are due to drop in the later months of the year – ‘Holiday 2020’ as it has been dubbed – and while there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft just yet, we expect to see it hit the market on 22 November.

NOW WATCH BELOW: Nail your NBA 2K20 technique and never lose again!

This put the release directly in the crosshairs of NBA fans, as it should be just two months after the release of NBA 2K21.

So how will this next-gen console impact 2K’s flagship franchise?

What can we expect from Xbox Series X?

The new Xbox is expected in November 2020
ULTRA POWERFUL: Welcome to your next console

The full capabilities of the console have yet to be revealed, however here is what we know from what has been confirmed so far.


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.

READ MORE: Xbox Series X controller – new features, customization & more

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?

Kobe Bryant in NBA 2K21
TRIBUTE: NBA 2K21 will surely have a tribute to the great Kobe Bryant

NBA 2K20 hit the shelves sometime in early September and we don’t expect that to change with 2K21, meaning if you want to experience 2K21 on release day, you’ll have to game on the current-gen consoles.

But when the Xbox Series X drops in ‘Holiday 2020’, expect to see a number of improvements, notably:

A massive increase in the quality of graphics as a whole. 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.

READ MORE: NBA 2K20 beginner’s tips & tricks

Loading screens, what loading screens? By using the SSD as virtual RAM, there should be no such thing as loading screens on the Xbox Series X.

The Ultimate sports gaming experience – The 8K supported gameplay means that visuals will be crisper and more realistic than ever! That means that those insane cinematic’s on 2Ks fabled MyCAREER will look even better than they currently do! Crazy, right.

Tom Young

First console: PS2 / Favourite Game: Jak and Daxter: The Precusor Legacy / Currently playing: Fortnite