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 Mamba Forever Edition Bundle - Pre-Order

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This bundle contains the Xbox One version of NBA 2K21 (Mamba Forever Edition), available on September 4, 2020, and the Xbox Series X version of NBA 2K21 (Standard Edition) and 100,000 Virtual Currency to be availlable when it releases (date TBD).

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.