'NBA 2K21' Release Time: When Can You Download on PS4, Xbox & Switch?

NBA 2K21 is about to release across the globe, and that means you're probably wondering, precisely, what time you can start playing. Below, we outline all the details we know about launch, preloads and more. Hoping to get your NBA fix as soon as possible? Then you've come to the right place.

What time does NBA 2K21 release?

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'NBA 2K21' is expected to release at 12 a.m. EDT September 4 in North America. Get the full launch details below. 'NBA 2K21' is available September 4 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. Visual Concepts/2K Sports

Assuming NBA 2K21 follows the same release pattern as other franchise titles, the game will likely release at 12 a.m. EDT September 4 in North America and 12 a.m. local time everywhere else. That means those who live on the West Coast should technically be able to start playing NBA 2K21 at 9 p.m. PDT September 3.

It's worth noting that 2K has not provided an official release time for NBA 2K21 at the time of publication, but we'll update this article with additional information if it becomes available.

NBA 2K21 Preload Details

For those who'd like to start playing NBA 2K21 as soon as possible, you might be interested in a preload. Here are the steps required to get that task done on most platforms. Preloading is live for all editions of the game.

  • All Platforms: As long as you've already pre-ordered the game, you should be able to go to the NBA 2K21 store page on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam or Nintendo eShop to begin a preload. If you're just buying the game now, the preload should start automatically.
  • PS4: Scroll to your Library and select NBA 2K21. There should be an option to download on the game's page.
  • Xbox One: NBA 2K21 should be listed in the "ready to install" area of Games & Apps.
  • Switch: NBA 2K21 should be part of your game library. Press the little cloud button to begin the download.

Once finished, the download will unlock at the time of release.

NBA 2K21 Editions

If you're still trying to figure out which version of NBA 2K21 is right for you, here's a quick recap of all the editions you can purchase leading up to launch.

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There are two different editions of 'NBA 2K21' depending on how much you'd like to pay for an assortment of incentives. Visual Concepts/2K Sports

Standard ($59.99) - Pre-Order Bonuses Only

  • 5,000 VC
  • 5,000 MyTeam Points
  • MyPlayer Shoe Collection
  • Six Skill Boosts
  • Three Gatorade Boosts
  • Damian Lillard MyTeam Free Agent Card
  • Lillard MyPlayer t-shirt
  • Special MyPlayer watch

Mamba Forever ($99)

Pre-Order Bonuses

  • Lillard Free Agent Card
  • Lillard MyPlayer t-shirt
  • Special MyPlayer Watch
  • Zion Williamson Free Agent Card
  • Williamson MyPlayer Jersey
  • Williamson Dunk Animation pack

Other permanent perks

  • Next-gen upgrade
  • 100,000 VC
  • 10,000 MyTeam Points
  • 10 MyTeam Tokens
  • 40 MyTeam Promo Packs
  • Sapphire Lillard MyTeam Card
  • Sapphire Williamson MyTeam Card
  • 60 Skill Boosts
  • 30 Gatorade Boosts
  • Shoe Collection
  • Sprayground Backpack
  • Five Kobe MyPlayer Shoes
  • Three Kobe MyPlayer Jerseys
  • Black Mamba MyPlayer Uniform
  • Rookie Lakers MyTeam Jerseys
  • Black Mamba Custom MyTeam Jerseys
  • Sapphire Kobe MyTeam Card
  • Five Kobe MyTeam Shoes

That's all you need to know about the release time, preloads and editions of NBA 2K21 leading up to launch.

NBA 2K21 is available September 4 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia.

What are you hoping to see in NBA 2K21? Will you be playing this game as soon as it releases? Tell us in the comments section!