NBA 2K21 Raw Next-Gen Gameplay Shows Off Silky-Smooth Action and Instant Load Times


Earlier this month we got our first look at NBA 2K21 running on next-gen consoles (the PS5, specifically), but the trailer mostly focused on flashy shots of the players, rather than gameplay. How will the next-gen NBA 2K21 actually look when you’re in a game? Well, 2K Games has dropped some new raw gameplay footage (no platform specified this time, but I assume it’s PS5 again) with commentary from the development team at Visual Concepts. Check it out, below.

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Looking good! While obviously the new level of detail on display is impressive, there’s also a lot to be said for the more fluid animations. You've also gotta love games loading more or less instantly! Interestingly, the NBA 2K21 devs mention the next-gen version will also have a second announcing team, featuring the voices of Brian Anderson and Grant Hill. Need to know more? Here’s some additional info about the next-gen version of NBA 2K21:

  • An eye-popping leap in graphical advancements: next-gen lighting, textures, physics, animations, and more that push NBA 2K21’s visual presentation to the bleeding edge.
  • Rebuilt player movement and player impact, driven by new on-court animation and collision engines that make for a smoother, tougher game.
  • The entire arena comes to life, with more than 150 unique AI-driven characters interacting seamlessly to create a groundbreaking Lower Bowl experience.
  • An expanded soundtrack with 202 songs at launch and more to come.

2K Games is offering a “free” next-gen upgrade to those who bought the $100 NBA 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition on PS4 or Xbox One. If you waited to just buy the next-gen version of NBA 2K21, you’ll still be paying a premium, as the game costs $70 instead of the usual $60.

NBA 2K21 launches on Xbox Series X/S on November 10 and PS5 on November 12 or November 19, depending on whether you live on North America/Australia or Europe.