NBA 2K21 PS4 vs PS5: What will the differences be, and which version should you buy?

The NBA 2K series began all the way back in 2000 with the Dreamcast release of NBA 2K, and since then it’s slowly become the NBA game to go for.

The series has seen a yearly release, with NBA 2K20 focusing on a story mode and better ways to manage Career mode, alongside the introduction of the WNBA teams.

But with the pending launches of the new consoles coming in the fall, 2K have inevitably announced NBA 2K21, with versions coming to Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

Here’s what the differences may buy, and if the game is worth buying on PlayStation 5.


Ever since the different editions of NBA 2K21 was announced, there’s been a lot of discussion on the price between current and next generation consoles.

The PS4 price is £59.99, while PS5 will be £64.99, both of which are for the standard editions.

As our sister-site shows, there’s four different editions, two for each generation of consoles, with Kobe Bryant featuring on the ‘Mamba Forever Edition’.

You may be paying more, but you will have a great entry-point into playing the first NBA2K next-gen game. Granted, the release of NBA 2K21 is on September 4th for PS4 and Xbox One, but you won’t have to wait too long to buy the PlayStation 5 version; you will get what you pay for.

READ MORE: PS5 Confirmed; Here's all the details.


We have already spoken about how the specs of the PlayStation 5 will benefit games with huge story-telling and no-loading times, Ratchet and Clank were a great example of this in Sony’s presentation last month.

The main difference in NBA 2K21 that we suspect, will be loading times. Going from selecting your team to being on the court, a few of us here remember having to stare at that loading screen, especially when playing multiplayer. Having next to no loading screens thanks to the SSD will help massively here.

Another aspect will be the career-mode; we’ve seen actors such as Idris Elba grace their acting ways in cut-scenes to make you feel involved in the NBA world. Just from watching the above trailer makes us convinced that we’re going to be seeing some incredible graphics that also make use of some emotive and dramatic moments that will make you feel like being on that NBA court even more.

Essentially it’s no question here to look into the PlayStation 5 version, especially if you’re going to be buying the console on day one. The graphics, the next to no-loading, and the benefits you gain from when you load up the game and into career mode, will be a fantastic introduction into how sport games will look and play on the next-gen consoles.



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