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NBA 2K20 Demo: 5 Things to Know

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2K Sports has confirmed this year’s version of the 2K Prelude and the NBA 2K20 demo will allow you to try a portion of the game ahead of its release date in September.

There isn’t an early release date this year which means the only way to play NBA 2K20 before its official release on September 6th is via the NBA 2K20 demo.

Like the Preludes before it, the NBA 2K20 demo isn’t the full version of the game. Instead, it will allow you to try a smart part of the game and possibly help you decide if the full game is worth buying.

If you’re planning to try NBA 2K20 before the official release date, here are the most important things you need to know right now about the demo’s release date, features, and more.

NBA 2K20 Demo Release Date & Time

The full version of NBA 2K20 lands on September 6th for those who buy any version of the game from a retailer like AmazonBest BuyGameStopNewEgg, and Walmart.

The demo arrives a full two weeks before the game’s street date.

The NBA 2K20 Demo launches in August.

2K Sports says the NBA 2K20 demo goes live on August 21st at 12:01 am PT. At this stage, we aren’t expecting a way to pre-load the demo.

There wasn’t a preload option for the NBA 2K19 Prelude or the NBA 2K18 Prelude so don’t expect a way to download the demo ahead of time.

Who Can Play the NBA 2K20 Demo?

The full version of NBA 2K20 is officially headed to five platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, and, Google Stadia. We expect a release for iOS and Android as well.

Unfortunately, the NBA 2K20 demo is limited to just three of those platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

We don’t expect a release for Windows PC at this time.

NBA 2K20 Demo Download Size

We don’t have the official NBA 2K20 download size yet because the file hasn’t appeared on any stores yet. We expect the NBA 2K20 demo to appear right around Midnight PT on August 21st.

You can expect a pretty substantial download. NBA 2K19’s Prelude was right around 17GB for PS4 and Xbox One so we expect the NBA 2K20 download size to be 10GB+ for all three compatible platforms.

If you’re running out of storage space, think about buying an external hard drive. The Samsung T5 Portable SSD is one of our favorites and the WD My Passport 4TB is a solid budget option.

What’s in the NBA 2K20 Demo?

The NBA 2K20 demo allows you to get an early start on the game’s MyCAREER career mode which includes the all new MyPLAYER builder.

2K Sports says you’ll be able to try out multiple MyPLAYER configurations in an effort to create the player that best fits your play-style.

Your character will then carry over to the full version of NBA 2K20, should you choose to buy it, when it launches in September.

How Much Does the NBA 2K20 Demo Cost?

You don’t have to pre-order a copy of NBA 2K20 to play the demo. The NBA 2K20 demo is a free download for all Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch owners.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order NBA 2K20 & 6 Reasons to Wait

Pre-Order NBA 2K20 for These Bonuses

Pre-Order NBA 2K20 for These Bonuses

If you plan to invest quite a bit of time into some of NBA 2K20's game modes, you might want to pre-order a copy for the bonuses. 

If you pre-order a copy of the standard version of the game, you'll get some nice bonuses with your copy in September. 

These include:


  • 5,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points;
  • 5 MyCAREER Skill Boosts;
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule;
  • 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered one per week);
  • 5 Heat Check packs (delivered one per week beginning at the start of the NBA season).

Those are all free with a pre-order and they'll give you a pretty good head start in the NBA 2K20's popular game modes. 

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