01 Sep 2021 8:02 PM +00:00

NBA 2K22 takes a step towards crossplay between platforms

NBA 2K22 has finally answered perhaps one of the most asked questions players were waiting for, and fans may not love what we've learned about crossplay.

NBA 2K22 will not be bringing any cross platform play to the new title, leaving some players disappointed. However, players should be excited to find out that certain profile details will transfer between consoles.

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Let's go over exactly what it means for you and why NBA 2K22 left out crossplay this year.


LATEST - Cross gen capability for VC in NBA 2K22

The most recent news we've discovered is that VC will transfer between current and next gen consoles.

It's important to remember that this only means PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S. This is a huge step towards future cross play in NBA 2K, as players will now be able to transfer funds.

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TRANSFER VC: Players will be able to transfer their virtual currency this year in NBA 2K22

We aren't sure whether or not this will be the only cross gen feature added to the game, but we hope it's one of many.

Even if we won't be able to cross play this year, it's definitely a step in the right direction.


Why NBA 2K22 decided against crossplay

Unfortunately, many gamers were hoping that this would be the first NBA 2K game with crossplay capability.

However, 2K sports decided to leave it out this year and go with cross-progression.

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CUT: Crossplay capability has been left out of NBA 2K22

Though it's only speculation, 2K likely wanted to keep players on their own platforms, but it could be that Microsoft and Sony couldn't come to a mutual agreement about crossplay capabilities.

Either way, gamers are left without the chance to play against their friends on other platforms.


What the lack of crossplay means for you

Essentially, it means you won't have a chance to play against your Microsoft friends if you're playing on a Sony console.

Although it's the first full year on next gen consoles, NBA 2K22 won't have the function to allow crossplay.

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MYTEAM: Expectations are high this year for the popular game mode

It's an unfortunate circumstance but the new title from 2K will have cross-progression. Giving players who enjoy MyTEAM a silver lining.


Cross-Progression: How it works

If you haven't had the chance to see what NBA 2K22 means by cross-progression, here's what you need to know. The function of cross-progression will allow players of MyTEAM to play between generations of the same console family.

This is great for players who have yet to buy a next gen console but plan to in the future. If you're planning on a console upgrade be sure to buy the cross-gen bundle. It is digital only but it ensures you'll keep your progression in MyTEAM should you decide to purchase a new console.

Disclaimer: This feature only works for consoles in the same family, if you move from an Xbox One to a PS5, cross-progression will not be available.

Release Date

NBA 2K22 releases on September 10th of 2021, but you can pre order the game now!

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There are also four different versions of NBA 2K22 that you can purchase, so be sure to check out all the rewards available.



The reveal trailer just came out and has fans excited for a full trailer of NBA 2K22.

Check out the released teaser trailer below:

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