NBA 2K21

NBA 2K21: Release Date, Next-Gen, Mobile Version, and PC Requirements

NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation video game based on the American men's professional basketball league, National Basketball Association (NBA). Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, the game is the latest release and the 22nd installment in the world-renowned, long-running NBA 2K franchise.

Acting as a successor to the previous NBA 2K20, the game received exciting improvements to its gameplay, competitive and community online features, and varied game modes. NBA 2K21 offers an immersive experience in all aspects of NBA basketball and culture.

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NBA 2K21 Gameplay

With enhancements ranging from player AI and game modes to visual presentation and more, the game provides an authentic and realistic basketball video game experience.

The advanced Pro Stick provides exceptional control with the ball in your hands. Aim jump shots and layups for a whole new level of precision and skill. Moreover, unlock new signature dribble moves with more effective ball handling.

Apart from the improvements made, NBA 2K21 gameplay is similar to the previous titles in the series. The player primarily plays NBA matches with real-life or customized players and teams, following NBA matches' rules and objectives. Several game modes are present, which are as follows:

You can embark on your personal journey to reach your ultimate destination - the NBA. Create your custom MyPlayer and take them to the heights of their career and stardom while making a name for yourself in the global basketball scene through this dramatic journey.

You will ascend from high school basketball to one of the ten officially licensed college programs to the grand leagues. NBA 2K21 provides a brand new, cinematic MyCareer experience. Take your MyPlayer to the top by making big moves on the court and even bigger moves off of it.

Build your G.O.A.T fantasy team of current NBA stars and legendary ballers in MyTeam and compete against other players around the world. An all-new feature for 2K21, limited-time Seasons offers unique, seasonal rewards as you compete in new and returning MyTeam modes.

You will uncover rare and highly rated player cards to add to your collection by participating in several rewarding game events and daily and weekly challenges. The best part is you can compare your hard-earned collection with competitors and friends.

Live out your virtual, day-to-day basketball life with the new Neighborhood in 2K21, which takes the game beachside with all-new visuals and layout. Soak out in the sun as you jump in on 1v1s, 3v3s, and 5v5s. You can show off your skills & style in the Park, squad-up for bigger stakes in Pro-Am.

Earn prizes in dynamically updated 2K Compete Events. Moreover, you can level up your MyPlayer at the local training facility. Basketball never stops in the NBA 2K21 Neighborhood.

Experience the feeling of sitting on the boss's chair and make decisions that matter not only to your player or team but also to the entire franchise and league. Draft rookies, trade players, relocate your team. Every move will affect the long-term success or failure of your basketball franchise.

NBA 2K21: Current-gen version, Next-gen version, and different Editions

There is a current-gen version of NBA 2K21 and a next-gen version. There are a total of 4 editions, 2 editions each for each version of the game.

  1. Current-gen version - Standard Edition & Mamba Forever Edition.

  2. Next-gen version - Standard Edition & Mamba Forever Edition.

The current-gen versions are already available for purchase. Meanwhile, the next-gen versions are available for pre-orders.

Players who want to pick up both versions of NBA 2K21 on either PlayStation or Xbox can upgrade to the Mamba Forever Edition. This edition provides dual-access by giving purchasers a copy of the standard edition of NBA 2K21 on the other generation, within the same console family. Additionally, players will receive Virtual Currency and bonus digital content for upgrading to the Mamba Forever Edition.

The current-gen and the next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 are not the same. According to the official NBA 2K website, the game is being built from the ground up for next-gen and will feature new additions and improvements only possible on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

NBA 2K21 Release Date and Platforms

NBA 2K21 underwent a worldwide release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Google Stadia on September 4, 2020.

Meanwhile, for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, the game's next-gen version will be available as a launch title when the next-gen consoles launch in November.

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NBA 2K21 System Requirements on PC

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 10 64-bit

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 / AMD FX-4100

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450; ATI HD 7770

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

  • Storage: 110 GB available space

  • Sound Card: Directx 9.0x

  • Additional Notes: Dual-analog Gamepad recommended. Initial installation requires a one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributable 2012.

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 10 64-bit

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-8370

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM

  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 770; ATI R9 270.

  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Network: Broadband Internet connection

  • Storage: 110 GB available space

  • Sound Card: Directx 9.0c

  • Additional Notes: Dual-analog Gamepad recommended. Initial installation requires a one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include DirectX and Visual C++ Redistributable 2012.

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First ReleaseNBA 2K, November 1999
Latest ReleaseNBA 2K21, September 2020
SpinoffsTitles in the NBA 2K series
DevelopersVisual Concepts, Publisher: 2K Sports
PlatformsMicrosoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia, PS5, Xbox Series X|S
GenreSports (Basketball)
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer