NBA 2K21 will not support Smart Delivery — Xbox Series X version will cost $69.99

By Sean Carey,
NBA 2K21 launches on September 4th on Xbox One with an Xbox Series X version arriving during Holiday 2020. 2K Games also says the game will not support Smart Delivery.

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2K Games has announced the pricing for both versions with a next-gen copy costing $10/£5 more than a current-gen copy. The NBA 2K21 Standard Edition will cost $59.99/£59.99 on current-gen consoles with the Xbox Series X version costing $69.99/£64.99. This also means that the game will not support the Xbox Smart Delivery program.

However, if you're willing to stump up a bit more cash, there is a way to get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version. If you purchase the 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition for $99.99/£84.99 — which includes some extra cosmetics, VC and more — you'll get a free standard Xbox Series X of NBA 2K21 when it launches. On the topic of Smart Delivery, a spokesperson from 2K Games told IGN, "It's something we're interested in, but NBA 2K21 will not support Xbox Smart Delivery."

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NBA 2K21's Xbox Series X pricing could be our first indication of a next-gen price jump for AAA games. Games have generally cost around the $60 mark for both the previous generation and current-gen. Ex-PlayStation boss Shawn Layden believes the current AAA development model isn't sustainable for next-gen and notes higher development costs, but the retail price of a game staying the same for years. If other publishers are to follow 2K Games' lead we could see the $70/£65 price tag become the norm for AAA games on the Xbox Series X.

2K Games does note that the Xbox Series X version of NBA 2K21 is being built from the ground up for next-gen console and it will offer "unbeatable graphic fidelity, two-second load speeds, new gameplay features, and expanded game modes."

NBA 2K21 will launch on Xbox One on September 4th and will be a launch title for the Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.

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NBA 2K21 Pre-Order

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NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition Pre-Order
NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition Pre-Order

This bundle contains both the Xbox One version and Xbox Series X version separately when it becomes available (date TBD). Pre-order the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition to receive bonus Damian Lillard digital content for Xbox One and Zion Williamson digital content for Xbox Series X.

Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.