NBA Live 21: How the PS5 will enhance EA’s attempt to revive their basketball franchise

EA’s sim will be back in 2020, but can they take full advantage of Sony’s next-gen console?

Toby Durant by Toby Durant
LeBron James & EA's NBA Live 21

The countdown to the PS5 has started. Sony’s official line is that the console will be out in “holiday 2020”, aka anywhere between October and December.

However, a recent leak has suggested that November 20 is the date that gamers should have circled.

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This release date will come right in the middle of the NBA season, which means it will run right into EA’s return to the court in NBA Live 21.

What to expect from the PlayStation 5

The new PlayStation 5 logo
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Although Sony is keeping some details close to their chest, there is plenty of information out there about how the new console will impact NBA Live 21.

The PS5 could be a truly legendary machine.

Specs

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 a huge benefits, including support for up to 8K graphics, ray tracing, and 3D audio. 

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The main takeaway here is that loading times should be a thing of the past, making the Ultimate Team and Franchise Mode experience far smoother and more enjoyable players.

During a Sony meeting, the company showed off this leap forward with 2018’s Spider-Man game. On PS4 it takes around eight seconds to load cities and navigate through them. With the PS5 it took under a second.

In short, this is the future of gaming.

What does this mean for NBA Live 21?

James Harden leaps for a dunk in NBA Live 19
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After missing 2019 it is unclear when NBA Live 21 could come out. The NBA season starts in October so the game is likely to drop in September. This means the game will arrive on PS4 before the next-gen console is available.

However, there has been speculation that EA intentionally missed NBA Live 20 so that the next instalment would be ready to take advantage on the next-gen specs.

The improved graphics, including all-new ray tracing, will create an incredibly in-depth and realistic environment, with more detail able to be added to the arena, crowd and even the benches.

Diving straight in without any load times means you can spend more time actually playing the game.

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The impressive specs means that NBA Live 21 on PS5 could have more intelligent and realistic AI, resulting in a much-improved gameplay experience that closer resembles actual basketball.

In short, NBA Live 21 on the PlayStation 5 will be the most realistic looking NBA game ever and the ultra-powerful hardware means an even better experience.

Toby Durant

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