NBA 2K23 Next-Gen or Current-Gen, Which Version to Buy

If you’re wondering which version of NBA 2K23 to buy, next-gen or current-gen, we’re here to help you choose. In this guide, we are going to give you a brief run-down of the differences between the two versions, which editions of the game come with both, and, of course, recommend which version you should get. So, let’s begin.

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NBA 2K23 Next-Gen or Current-Gen, Which Version to Buy

Next-Gen or Current-Gen in NBA 2K23, Which Version to Buy

If you have the option to get the next-gen version of NBA 2K23, go for it instead of current-gen. That is the long story short. If you want the full reasoning why, well, just keep reading. The first thing that we have to mention is that the higher-tier versions of the game grant you both the current- and next-gen version at no extra cost. Specifically, we’re talking about the Digital Deluxe, Micheal Jordan, and Championship editions. So, if you’re planning to get one of these, then this question is not even something you have to agonize about. On the other hand, if you are getting the Standard edition, that’s a different thing. Let’s break it down.

The main difference between the next-gen and current-gen versions of NBA 2K23 is, of course, the graphical fidelity. On PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, the game runs at 4k and a smooth 60 fps (at least, the actual games do). The replays run at 30 fps, but oh well. The other differences is that the PS4/Xbox One version has the G.O.A.T Boat, while the next-gen versions have the City as a hub, instead. These also have a few other quality-of-life improvements that you might appreciate. Overall, though, whichever you go for, you’re in for a good time, even if the cross-play is very lacking at the moment. One more thing before we wrap up: it seems that the PC version of 2K23 is actually last-gen instead of next-gen. I don’t know why; your guess is as good as mine.

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