It has been revealed that the 2K sports title will be available on console from Thursday, 4th March. The game will be accessible to stream via the cloud for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.
It was announced via an Xbox post online which also mentioned both Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One consoles, but is not clear whether the version of NBA 2K21 coming to Game Pass is the next-gen version. Greg Thomas, president of developer Visual Concepts stated ‘Never before have we been able to deliver this level of visual fidelity and realism in a video game.’
— Xbox Wire (@XboxWire) March 3, 2021
Thomas continued to say ‘NBA 2K21 is the standout title that best delivers the promise of next-gen: truly revolutionary graphics, lighting-fast load times and incredible new features and gameplay only possible on next-generation hardware.’ NBA 2k21 was the first next-gen title to be priced at $70 and other game publishers such as Activision and Sony soon followed.
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told CNBC that PS5 and Xbox Series X would help developers obtain photorealism, as he believes the industry is ‘close’ to delivering games that are indistinguishable from real life.
He added ‘We have a new console generation coming and that’s going to allow us to do some things that we haven’t been able to do before creatively, that’s exciting.’ ‘But as I’ve said before, we’re going to reach a point where you won’t be able to tell the difference between what’s created in the computer and what’s real.’