NBA 2K21 Could Indicate Increase in Next-Gen Game Prices

NBA 2K21's next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will cost a little more than we've grown used to.

NBA 2K21 is the first next-gen game so far to get a price tag, and it could point to an overall increase for next-gen game prices. According to IGN, NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and there's no plan for any kind of Smart Delivery feature.

In case you missed out before, Smart Delivery is Microsoft's plan to let consumers who purchase current-gen versions of a game — like Yakuza 7 for example — receive an upgraded next-gen version for free.

The lack of Smart Delivery is possibly because Visual Concepts is building next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 "from the ground up" — or maybe not. It's not currently clear.

While a spokesperson for the game told IGN that they're interested in the possibilities of Smart Delivery, the only way to get a free upgraded next-gen version is if you buy the $99.99 NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition.

Of course, the big question is whether we'll see other next-gen games follow suit with a $10 price increase. Since Sony and Microsoft are still playing coy with console prices, we probably won't know anything new about next-gen game prices for a few more months at least.

The original story is on IGN if you want to check it out. NBA 2K21 is set for a  September release date for PS4 and Xbox One, and a Holiday 2020 launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, though we've only seen the barest glimmer of a teaser for it so far. 

Current- and next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 give you the option to buy the Mamba Forever Edition, a tribute to Los Angeles Laker's legend Kobe Bryant. The standard, current-gen edition of NBA 2K21 will feature Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers on the box art, and standard next-gen editions will feature Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more NBA 2K21 news as it heads down the court.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jul. 2nd 2020

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