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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Clips and Comparisons to Current-Gen Consoles So Far

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NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Clips and Comparisons to Current-Gen Consoles So Far

NBA 2K21 next-gen videos and news have finally emerged this week, and some folks have done a good job aggregating a lot of the clips from 2K and putting them into tidy little packages on platforms people use the most. Two videos that I think are especially helpful come from GamingWithOva and PAC Hoops.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Videos

GamingWithOva took all the video clips from Mike Wang’s 2K gameplay blog (part one), and put them in one YouTube video.

These clips include Steph Curry in shootaround, a Curry bank shot, a Curry pull-up/layup, a LeBron step-back jumper, a Devin Booker step-back jumper, a Harden size-up step-back move, and a Steph lob to Giannis on the blacktop.

You can also see my breakdown of the first gameplay blog here where I talk about the positives and negatives of what I’ve seen so far on the gameplay front. You can also see these individual clips on our forums, courtesy of OS user CaVsFaN2273.

PAC Hoops did the comparison between current-gen and next-gen face scans that we got a good look at in the initial NBA 2K21 next-gen trailer.

These comparisons include Steve Kerr, Zion, Marquese Chriss, Kevon Looney, Boban Marjanovic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

We’ll get longer videos at some point before release, but in the meantime, I think these two videos help to point out the visual upgrades and also how the movement of the players is changing between the two generations.


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  1. Think the best selling points so far are the Steph clips and the "mediocre" player upgrades to Looney and Chriss so far from current gen to next gen on the visuals front.
    It's a large jump for people with non PS4 Pros...if you have a Pro that leap is not that large. However, graphics don't mean anything if the player movement is lacking.
    Definitely an upgrade. We're at the point of diminishing returns. The bar is already at a very high level. If anyone was expecting photo realistic visuals, then they had unrealistic expectations. It is clear to see the attention to detail that these next gen consoles produce. It's not just more accurate face renders. They actually look like more life like especially compared to last gen. 2k has had quality graphics this gen, but I felt this gen the characters felt cartoonish. Now not only do they have more accurate face renders, they have emotion now. Hopefully the celebrations don't have that initial delay. Like it has to process that they just won the game after the game is over already. Plus lighting makes a huge difference. Even though the body scans looks the same, definition stands out more. Hopefully that is Improved next year. Hopefully with more memory, they are able to have bigger courts and more size appropriate player size. Colors looks more accurate and not washed. Jerseys actually look real and not a single layer photo scan.
    Easy to see the graphical improvements. But the thing is, current gen games really don't look bad. They just don't look as good as what's to come. The problem has been when things are in motion. I can still see things like warping and clipping in a video that's supposed to be a showcase. Stuff like that becomes even more pronounced the more realistic games become.
    I completely understand the excitement. I'm personally beyond that point where graphics themselves do that for me. I care more about AI, physics, animations, sound and overall believability when playing.
    With that being said, this is only the beginning of the generation. It will only get better from here.
    I'm a strange combination of both impressed and underwhelmed. It's not in the player details, but I guess I was expecting more in the uniform cloth details and surrounding arena details. When I saw the lighting in the first teased clip a while back, I thought we'd be getting some next-level atmospherics and in the crowd. On that front, it feels a little more current-gen.
    But the faces and movement is silky smooth, and I love that.

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