NBA 2K21 Demo: 5 Things to Know
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2K has released the NBA 2K21 demo and it allows you to try part of the game ahead of its release in September.

There isn’t an early NBA 2K21 release date this year which means the only way to play before its release on September 4th is via the NBA 2K21 demo.

Like the demos before it, the NBA 2K21 demo isn’t the full version of the game. Instead, it lets you to play a small portion of the latest edition which could help you decide if the full game is worth buying.

If you want to try NBA 2K21 before the official release date next month, here are the most important things you need to know right now about the demo’s release date, platforms, and more.

NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition - PlayStation 4
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NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition - PlayStation 4
  • Order the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition for PlayStation 4 and you will also receive NBA 2K21 and 100,000 Virtual Currency for PlayStation 5 upon release.
  • Physical copies of NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition for PlayStation 4 will include a digital copy of NBA 2K21 Standard Edition for PlayStation 5 in box.
  • This edition includes 100,000 Virtual Currency, 10,000 MyTEAM points, MyTEAM packs, digital items for your MyPLAYER, and more!
  • Note: There will be two inserts in PS4 Mamba edition physical product. One code is for the Mamba edition content (VC, MyTeam packs, etc.), this slip is titled Damian Liliard & Zion Williams Digital Collection. The second code is for the NG game code and VC, this slip is titled PS4 Digital Items 2K21 for PS5. Both codes can be redeemed through the normal console process
  • First party codes are provided and redeemed through their storefronts. PlayStation codes are 12 digits

NBA 2K21 Demo Release Date & Time

The full version of NBA 2K21 hits current-generation platforms on September 4th. This is the release date for the standard edition and the Mamba Forever Edition.

The NBA 2K21 demo lets select players try the game two weeks before the game’s street date.

The NBA 2K21 demo was released on August 24th which means it’s available right now on select platforms.

It won’t disappear after the official NBA 2K21 release date in September either. It’s not a timed demo.

Who Can Play the NBA 2K21 Demo?

The full version of NBA 2K21 is officially headed to seven platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, PS5, and Xbox Series X. We expect a release for iOS and Android as well.

Unfortunately, the NBA 2K21 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.

It’s unclear if there will be another NBA 2K21 demo for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

NBA 2K21 Demo Download Size

The NBA 2K21 demo requires a pretty big download.

While the the NBA 2K20 demo was around 17GB for PS4 and Xbox One, the NBA 2K21 demo is almost twice that size. It’s a 30GB download for PS4 and a 35GB download for Xbox One owners.

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 2TB is a solid budget option.

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What’s in the NBA 2K21 Demo?

The NBA 2K21 demo includes four teams to play with (a list that includes the Clippers and Bucks) in quick games and you can also build out your MyPlayer character for use in the full version of the game.

The demo also includes some of the gameplay features game director Mike Wang outlined in a blog post earlier this month.

Among them are some major changes to the game’s Pro Stick. Here’s how the new Pro Stick will work on Sony’ PlayStation 4:

  • Hold RS down = jump shot
  • Hold RS left or right = escape dribble moves
  • Hold RS up = signature size-ups
  • Tap the RS = quick 1-to-1 dribble moves
  • Tap the RS with Sprint held = quick momentum dribble moves

How Much Does the NBA 2K21 Demo Cost?

You don’t have to pre-order a copy of NBA 2K21 to play the demo. The NBA 2K21 demo is a free download for all Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch owners.

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Pre-Order NBA 2k21 to Receive These Bonuses

Pre-Order NBA 2k21 to Receive These Bonuses

If you plan to invest a lot of time into NBA 2K21's various game modes, you might want to pre-order a copy because you'll get some bonuses with your order. 

If you pre-order a copy of the standard edition you get some bonus items that could prove useful. These bonuses include:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered once a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER

If you pre-order a copy of the standard edition for PS5 or Xbox Series X, you get the following items:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered once a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection
    • Zion MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Zion New Orleans Pelicans MyPLAYER Jersey
    • Zion MyPLAYER Dunk Animation Package

If you decide you want to go with the expensive Mamba Forever Edition for current-generation platforms, you get these pre-order bonuses:

  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER

And if you pre-order a copy of the Mamba Forever Edition for PS5 or Xbox Series X, you get the following bonuses with your order:

  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection
    • Zion MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Zion New Orleans Pelicans MyPLAYER Jersey
    • Zion MyPLAYER Dunk Animation Package

Those all come free with a pre-order and they'll give you a pretty good head start if you plan to play 2K's various game modes. 

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