We’ve finally had our first look at NBA 2K21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X. A first-look trailer has shown off the visual and environmental improvements introduced for the next-gen version, including updated player models and various new court details. The trailer, captured on a PS5, shows of both of these improvements before and during a game.
Prior to this we’d seen just a tiny snippet of the PS5 version; this is much more extensive, offering some gameplay segments in a game between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. One of the standout elements, aside from the impressive lifelike look of the individual players, is how crowded the court and crowd appear, particularly during the pregame segment. That said, the frame rate is somewhat unstable, though it’s unclear if that’s representative of the game or not.
In the next-gen version, every single person on screen in the lower court
NBA 2K21 will be a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. On Tuesday, 2K tweeted the confirmed dates for release on its next-gen version that coincides with the launch day for the new consoles.
Along with confirming November 10, 12 and 19th as the big days globally, 2K also slid in what is presumably the first real screen shot of the game.
This image of Zion Williamson yelling appears to be on par with the visual quality of some of the celebrity recreations we’ve seen on next-gen hardware.
The release of the date and the screenshot suggests the first trailer should be coming pretty soon. The latest patch that impacted current-gen might be the last major update before the next-gen release.
It tackled most of the first versions most pressing issues, though
The closer we get to the unveiling of NBA 2K21 on next-gen, the more excited I am about what’s ahead. The current-gen version has fumbled around a bit, but I have to believe some of the issues are due to 2K dividing its resources with the next-gen iteration.
It seems clear, 2K has gone guns blazing on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions, and let us not forget what they did to set the bar as we moved into the current-gen back in 2013.
This time around, all signs point to 2K doing their best to deliver the kind of visual experience that is unmatched across–at the very least–all of the other titles set to launch in the first week of next-gen availability.
Right now, the single most impressive looking game that I’ve seen on next-gen is Spider-Man: Miles Morales. In case you