NBA 2K21 Looks Pretty Good on a PlayStation 5

NBA 2K21 Looks Pretty Good on a PlayStation 5

A good glimpse of the future for sports games on next-gen.

Today, we got a first look at what this year's iteration of the NBA 2K series will look like on the next generation of consoles. Turns out it's pretty impressive.

Running on a PlayStation 5, the footage shows a few close-ups of various NBA players, as well as some game footage and an arena entrance. It was captured on the PS5, according to 2K's video description, though it will also be available on Xbox Series S and Series X.

The trailer, which on YouTube can run at up to 4K and 60 frames per second, looks pretty impressive. With console hardware costing what it does—if you managed to get one at all—it's nice to see there's a good bump in fidelity alongside new games and clever hardware tune-ups.

A quick trip through the social media replies will still remind you that yes, there are problems with NBA 2K as a whole. On places like the 2K subreddit, users are doing side-by-side comparisons to show just how much of a difference there is between the current and next-gen versions.

What's also new for this version is a price bump, as the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X versions of NBA 2K21 will cost $10 more than the previous-gen versions. It's a hike that Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says reflects the "quality of the experience", and 2K isn't the only studio bumping its price. Big games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a couple of PlayStation's first-party launch games are seeing similar bumps in price.

If what you pay for is what you get, it looks like at least the graphics are improving moving into the new version. Whether a new version fixes some of NBA 2K's deeper-rooted issues is another question.

NBA 2K21 will be available for next-gen consoles at their launch. For Xbox Series S and X, that's on Nov. 10, 2020, while PlayStation 5 is Nov. 12.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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