If you’ve pre-ordered NBA 2K22 or you’re thinking about ordering, there are some steps you should take before the game’s release date later this year.
2K has finally confirmed the next installment in the NBA 2K series and NBA 2K22 is heading to Xbox, PlayStation, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch on September 10th.
Several versions of NBA 2K22 are currently available to buy through various retailers. These include the NBA 2K22 standard edition, NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition, Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, and the NBA 2K22 WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition.
- Decide If You Want to Pre-Order NBA 2K22
- Buy the Right NBA 2K22 Edition
- Keep Tabs On Your Order
- Buy a Hard Drive
- Look for NBA 2K22 Deals
- Follow NBA2K on Twitter
- Upgrade Your Console
- Preload NBA 2K22
With pre-orders live and the NBA 2K22 release date creeping closer, there are some things prospective buyers should do before the game arrives on shelves. We’ll take you through them in this NBA 2K22 release guide.
Decide If You Want to Pre-Order NBA 2K22
While you might be tempted to buy a copy of NBA 2K22 right now, there are some great reasons to put your wallet away and wait.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the best reasons to pre-order NBA 2K22 and the best reasons to wait a bit longer.
Remember, most retailers will allow you to cancel a pre-order, free of charge, ahead of the game’s release date.
Buy the Right NBA 2K22 Edition
If you do decide to buy NBA 2K22 before its release date in September, make sure you pick the edition that fits your interest level and budget.
Again, there are several versions of the game and they have differences you should be aware of. The standard edition is the cheapest option, but it comes with the least amount of additional content while the NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition comes with more bonuses, but is a bit more expensive.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pros and cons of each NBA 2K22 edition and help you decide which one is the best for you.
Keep Tabs on Your Order
If you order a copy of NBA 2K22, make sure you keep an eye on your order as we progress toward the release date. This will help you avoid potential headaches.
You’ll want to make sure your delivery information is up-to-date. If you recently moved to a new house, you might not have changed your shipping address.
You’ll also want to make sure all of your payment information is correct so you don’t hit any snags when the retailer charges your credit card.
Buy an External Hard Drive If You Need One
NBA 2K22 will likely require a massive chunk of storage space on your console or Windows PC.
If you typically have a ton of available space on your internal storage, you should be good to go. However, if you’re rocking an older console with a limited amount of space, and you don’t like deleting files to make room for new games, you might want to invest in an external hard drive.
Look for NBA 2K22 Deals
If you don’t want to pay full price for the game, keep an eye out for NBA 2K22 deals as we push toward the release.
It’s early, but we’ll probably see a few retailers knock $5-10 off the price ahead of launch so make sure you look around before pre-ordering.
Going forward, you’ll want to monitor sites like Slickdeals for NBA 2K22 deals.
Follow NBA2K on Twitter
If you’re interested in the game, make sure you follow the NBA 2K Twitter account for the latest information about NBA 2K22.
Think About Upgrading Your Console
If you’re still holding onto an original Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and you own a 4K television, you should consider buying an Xbox Series X or PS5. They’re still hard to find, but stock should improve in the weeks ahead. NBA 2K22 will run and look the best on current-generation platforms.
If you purchase the NBA 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, you’ll get the game for PS4/PS5 or Xbox One/Xbox Series X. This is a route to consider if you’re dead set on buying a PS5 or Xbox Series X in 2021.
Preload NBA 2K22
You’ll be able to start playing NBA 2K22 on September 9th if you buy the right version and live in a western time zone.
If you pre-order a digital copy of NBA 2K22 you’ll likely be able to pre-load the game and start playing when the clock strikes Midnight Eastern on September 10th. If you live in California, that means you’d be able to start playing at 9PM on September 9th.
We haven’t heard about any midnight launch events this year so if you pre-order a physical copy of the game you’ll be able to start playing the morning, afternoon, or night of September 10th.
Pre-Order NBA 2k22 to Receive These Bonuses
If you plan to invest a lot of time into NBA 2K22's various game modes, you might want to pre-order a copy of the game because you'll get some bonuses with your order.
If you pre-order a copy of NBA 2K22 you get some bonus items that could prove useful during your play-through.
The NBA 2K22 pre-order bonuses include:
All of those all come free with a pre-order and they'll give you a pretty good head start if you plan on playing NBA 2K22's various game modes.
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