We don’t have an official NBA 2K23 release date yet, but here’s what you need to know right now about NBA 2K23 based on traditions, rumors, and what we expect from the annual release.
NBA 2K22 is still the flagship game, but that will almost certainly change later this year when 2K Sports and Visual Dynamics announce a new entry in the long-running series.
We don’t have much in the way of official NBA 2K23 news and it could be weeks before we learn more about 2K Sports’ plans for the popular basketball sim. While it’s early, we know a lot of gamers have questions about NBA 2K23 so we’re going to outline everything you can expect in this guide.
Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from NBA 2K23’s features, release date, editions, demo, and more.
- NBA 2K23 Launch Date
- NBA 2K23 Release Date
- NBA 2K23 Consoles
- NBA 2K23 Covers
- NBA 2K23 Editions
- NBA 2K23 Pre-Orders
- NBA 2K23 Features
- NBA 2K23 Demo
- NBA 2K23 Microtransactions
- NBA 2K23 PC Requirements
NBA 2K23 Launch Date
If traditions hold, the initial NBA 2K23 announcement will likely come sometime in June or July.
Last year, the company teased NBA 2K22 in July. Prior to that, NBA 2K21 was confirmed in June while NBA 2K20’s first trailer arrived in July.
NBA 2K23, a game that hasn’t even been announced yet, will be sponsoring the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer. NBA Summer League kicks off on July 7th so it’s safe to assume the game will be officially announced sometime before that date.
11 Days. 75 Games. All 30 NBA Teams. Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the NBA 2K23 Summer League taking place July 7-17 in Las Vegas.
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) May 18, 2022
It’s also worth noting that the initial NBA 2K announcements are typically light on details so don’t expect 2K Games and Visual Concepts to show much of the game in the early going. That could obviously change this year, but don’t hold your breath.
NBA 2K23 Release Date
We don’t have an official NBA 2K23 release date yet and we won’t get one until the companies are ready to start talking about the game.
As of right now, you can expect the NBA 2K23 release date to land sometime in September ahead of Black Friday and the 2022 holiday season.
We also didn’t see any early access last year so there may not be a way to play NBA 2K23 ahead of its official release date. In the past, 2K Games has offered an early tipoff release date to those who bought deluxe versions of the game.
NBA 2K23 Consoles
You can count on an NBA 2K23 release for current-generation platforms including PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch.
As of right now you can also expect a release on Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, PS4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro. These aren’t the latest and greatest models, but we’ll likely see support for these platforms continue on in 2023.
Remember, the NBA 2K series supported the PS3 and Xbox 360 until the release of NBA 2K19 in the fall of 2018. Those consoles had been supported since NBA 2K6 (Xbox 360) and NBA 2K7 (PS3).
NBA 2K23 Covers
NBA 2K22 features four players on the cover.
The NBA 2K22 standard edition features Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić. Dončić is also on the front of the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle.
The NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition features three legends on the cover: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
And for the first time ever, there’s a WNBA star on the cover of NBA 2K. Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker is on the front of the NBA 2K22 WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition which is exclusive to GameStop. It’s also exclusive to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
We don’t know who will appear on the NBA 2K23 cover just yet, but you can expect multiple star players and an announcement well ahead of the game’s release date.
NBA 2K23 Editions
Per usual you can expect multiple versions of NBA 2K.
There are three versions of NBA 2K22. There’s the NBA 2K22 Standard Edition, a NBA 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, and the NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition. Each of these have different price points and a different set of bonuses.
The bundles typically come with Virtual Currency (VC), MyTEAM bonuses, and cosmetic items for the game’s popular MyPLAYER mode.
The standard edition usually retails for $59.99 for older platforms and $69.99 for newer consoles. The Cross-Digital Bundle initially retailed for $79.99 while the Anniversary Edition retailed for $99.99 across the board. We could see 2K keep similar pricing for NBA 2K23.
We’ll likely see some NBA 2K23 deals emerge in the early going, but most NBA 2K23 deals will likely arrive around Black Friday in November, the holidays in December, and in 2023 as we push toward the inevitable release of NBA 2K24.
NBA 2K23 Pre-Orders
Don’t expect NBA 2K23 to go on sale for several months at least. NBA 2K23 pre-orders will start when the publisher announces the game and the editions.
Make sure you don’t buy any NBA 2K23 pre-orders from eBay or other services promising early access to NBA 2K23 at this stage of the game.
You can expect 2K to provide pre-order bonuses to entice shoppers. To give you an idea about what to expect, here were the pre-order bonuses if you pre-ordered a copy of the standard edition of NBA 2K22 for console or Windows PC:
- 5,000 Virtual Currency
- 5,000 MyTEAM Points
- 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs (delivered one a week)
- A Boost for each MyCAREER Skill type
- A Boost for each Gatorade Boost type
- Luka Dončić MyPLAYER Jersey
- 95 Rated Luka Dončić MyTEAM Free Agent Card
NBA 2K23 pre-order bonuses won’t mirror these exactly because Luka Dončić probably won’t be on the cover, but they’ll probably be fairly similar.
NBA 2K23 Features
Last year, like previous years, it took awhile for 2K Sports and Visual Dynamics to run down NBA 2K22’s features. We’re hoping they’re a little more transparent this year but, again, we’re not holding our breath.
Right now, we know almost nothing about the game. That said, you can expect numerous improvements and changes with a particular focus on current-gen platforms (Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5).
We’ll update this post when we learn more.
NBA 2K23 Demo
2K used to release a short demo of the next NBA 2K game ahead of the official release date. The demo would let players try a portion of the game before deciding whether or not to purchase the full version.
Unfortunately, after many years of providing a demo, the company declined to offer an NBA 2K22 demo. It’s unclear if NBA 2K23 will suffer the same fate.
NBA 2K23 Microtransactions
While it would be great to see 2K follow other companies and do away with the game’s annoying micro-transactions, they’re a cash cow and we expect to see Virtual Currency (VC) and return in NBA 2K23.
NBA 2K23 PC Requirements
If you plan to play NBA 2K23 on a Windows PC, you’ll need to take note of the game’s minimum and recommended spec requirements.
Unfortunately, those details won’t arrive until we get much closer to the official release so it might be a good idea to hold off on a pre-order until those arrive.
Wait for a Hole-Punch Design
If you hate Apple's notch, you might be in luck because it looks like the company is making significant changes to the iPhone's design.
Apple didn't eliminate the notch in 2021 but the iPhone 13 series has a smaller notch than the iPhone 12 series and previous iPhone models.
In 2022, Apple will reportedly ditch the notch in favor of a hole-punch display design. The rumor comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He's reiterated this in a newer note though he says the change may be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
Analyst Ross Young believes that while the iPhone 14 Pro models will be the only ones with this new design, the hole-punch design will likely come to all iPhone models in 2023. Young has reiterated this stance in two other reports.
Korean publication The Elec backs up these rumors and claims Samsung Display will help with the manufacturing process. Like Kuo, the site says the new design will be limited to the Pro models.
A newer report from The Elec states that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will come with LTPO OLED displays with a hole-punch.
The panels will reportedly be supplied by Samsung and LG. Another report from the same publication sheds more light on Samsung's OLED plans for the iPhone 14.
If true, it would put the iPhone more in line with Samsung's high-end Galaxy phones which also employ a hole-punch design.
The hole-punch isn't as invasive as the notch which should be music to the ears of those who don't like the notch.
Jon Prosser has shared an image of alleged iPhone 14 Pro schematics and they showcase what the hole-punch could look like.
91Mobiles has shared renders of the alleged iPhone 14 Pro design. The site says these are based on leaked CAD images. They show circular and pill-shaped cutouts replacing the notch.
Leaker @dylandkt suggests the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a pill-shaped camera cutout located at the top of the display.
We've heard the iPhone 14 Pro design has been finalized as supplies have entered the trial production phase of the new iPhone models.
We've also seen renders of the alleged design Apple will deploy on the low-end iPhone 14 models. The renders, from MySmartPrice, hint at a design that's virtually unchanged from the iPhone 13's.
The device in the images has a notch and it also has the same rear camera setup as the iPhone 13.
We've also seen leaked iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max display panels corroborate all of this information.
Apple won a patent for under-display cameras for biometric authentication on the iPhone so it's pretty clear the company is working to get rid of the notch at some point. It's just a matter of when.
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