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NBA 2K20: Which Edition to Buy?

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There are three different versions of NBA 2K20 on sale right now. If you plan on buying the game ahead of its release date you’ll want to pick the right one for your interest level and budget.

NBA 2K20 is official and the game is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. The game is also launching on Google Stadia when the service arrives in November.

The NBA 2K20 release date for Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch is set for September 6th. And if you know you want to play the game ASAP, you can buy a copy for your platform of choice right now. You also might want to try the free NBA 2K20 demo for Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

This year there are three ways to buy the full version of NBA 2K. There is the standard version of the game which features new Lakers star Anthony Davis on the cover and comes with some enticing pre-order bonuses.

Those of you looking for more have the option to pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition. This edition also features Anthony Davis on the cover, but comes with some extras that are aimed at those looking to invest a lot of time in the game.

In addition, there’s the NBA 2K20 Legend Edition which features former Heat star Dwyane Wade on the cover. The Legend Edition is the most expensive version of the game, but it comes with the most items.

In this guide to the NBA 2K20 editions we’ll take you through each version of the game and help you pick the correct version for your Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, or Nintendo Switch.

NBA 2K20 Standard Edition

The most basic version of NBA 2K20 is the standard edition.

The standard edition retails for $60, but you might be able to score a deal through a retailer like Amazon or NewEgg ahead of the game’s release this fall.

My Best Buy members who pre-order any copy of the game will get $10 in rewards certificates to spend at the retailer. My Best Buy is free to join.

We’ll probably see NBA 2K20 deals during Black Friday and the holidays so if you don’t want to spend $60 on a copy, you might want to wait.

If you choose to pre-order a copy of the standard edition you get some bonus items that might come in handy during your time with the game. These include:

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

So who should buy the standard version of NBA 2K20?

  • Newcomers to the NBA 2K series.
  • People who don’t have a ton of time to play games and aren’t sure how much time they can or want to invest in a basketball simulation.

You can buy the NBA 2K20 Standard Edition at retailers like AmazonBest Buy, GameStop, NewEgg, and Walmart.

NBA 2K20 Digital Deluxe Edition

The NBA 2K20 Deluxe Edition is an $80 bundle that comes with some items you won’t get with the standard version of the game.

If you buy the Deluxe Edition you get 35,000 Virtual Currency, 10,000 MyTEAM Points, 10 MyCAREER Skill Boosts, MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule, 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered once a week), 5 Heat Check packs (delivered once a week beginning at the start of the NBA season), and 1 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Card.

So who should spend the extra $20 for the Special Edition?

  • People who know they are going to invest a ton of time in NBA 2K20.
  • Those who love to customize their character.
  • Those who want instant access to a lot of in-game items.
  • People who play more modes than the standard game.

You can buy the NBA 2K20 Digital Deluxe Edition at retailers like Best BuyGameStop, and NewEgg.

NBA 2K20 Legend Edition

The NBA 2K20 Legend Edition is a $100 bundle and it comes with the most content. It’s aimed at collector’s and hardcore fans of the 2K series.

The Legend Edition comes with the following items:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 50,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 20 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • MyPLAYER Apparel Collection
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • 20 MyTEAM League packs (delivered once a week)
  • 20 Heat Check packs (delivered once a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • 5 MyTEAM Theme Packs (one per theme release across the first five releases)
  • 2 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Card

This bundle is aimed at those who are planning to put some serious hours into NBA 2K20 and its various game modes.

You can buy the NBA 2K20 Legend Edition at retailers like AmazonBest BuyGameStop, NewEgg, and Walmart.

Physical vs. Digital

You’ll also need to decide between the physical and digital version of NBA 2K20. While the Digital Deluxe version is digital only, the standard edition and Legend Edition come in physical and digital formats.

If you buy NBA 2K20 with a disc, you’ll be able to sell it to a retailer like GameStop for credit toward another game when you’re done with it. You’ll also be able to sell it on a site like eBay or Craigslist for cash if you’d rather put your money toward another product.

Buying a physical copy will also allow you to easily lend the game to a friend, family member, or co-worker if they want to try before buying or if you’re sick of playing it.

If you buy the digital version of NBA 2K20, you’ll be able to avoid clutter building up around your entertainment center and you’ll also avoid damaging the game.

If you often misplace games or have kids who like to fling discs around the house like a frisbee, the digital version of the game is probably the one to buy.

There’s also added convenience. Instead of digging through a sleeve of games or searching around the house looking for your game disc, you can start up your console and start playing immediately.

And finally, buying the digital version should allow you to pre-load the game ahead of its release in September. Pre-loading will allow you to start playing the game as soon as it’s released.

If you buy a physical copy, you won’t get your delivery until the morning, afternoon, or night of September 6th unless you go to a launch event.

3 Reasons to Pre-Order NBA 2K20 & 5 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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