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NBA 2K21

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This page is for the Windows version. For the Apple Arcade version, see NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition.

NBA 2K21
NBA 2K21 cover
Visual Concepts
2K Sports
Release dates
Windows September 4, 2020
Metacritic 67
OpenCritic 68
Monetization One-time game purchase, Ad-supported[1]
Microtransactions Currency, Infinite spend
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres Sports
Sports Basketball
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America
Series NBA 2K
NBA 2K21 on HowLongToBeat
NBA 2K21 on IGDB
NBA 2K21 guide on StrategyWiki
NBA 2K21 on MobyGames
NBA 2K21 on Wikipedia
NBA 2K9 2008
NBA 2K10 2009
NBA 2K11 2010
NBA 2K12 2011
NBA 2K13 2012
NBA 2K14 2013
NBA 2K15 2014
NBA 2K16 2015
NBA 2K17 2016
NBA 2KVR Experience 2016
NBA 2K18 2017
NBA 2K19 2018
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 2018
NBA 2K20 2019
NBA 2K21 2020
NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition 2021
NBA 2K22 2021
NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition 2021
NBA 2K23 2022
NBA 2K23 Arcade Edition 2022
NBA 2K24 2023
NBA 2K25 2024

NBA 2K21 is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view sports game in the NBA 2K series.

Key points

Based on the PlayStation 4/Xbox One release.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store (unavailable)
DRM details are not known
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Mamba Forever Edition also available.
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Mamba Forever Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming (unavailable)
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Mamba Forever Edition also available.
Humble Store (unavailable)
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Mamba Forever Edition also available.
Steam (unavailable)
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Mamba Forever Edition also available.

Version differences

Mamba Forever Edition includes 100,000 virtual currency, 10,000 MyTEAM points, 10 MyTEAM tokens, 60 MyCAREER skill boosts, 30 Gatorade boosts, 40 MyTEAM promo packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week), Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards, 5 pair MyCAREER shoe collection, MyPLAYER backpack, Kobe Bryant digital collection.



Type Notes
Currency Packs of Virtual Currency are available to purchase with real money.
Infinite spend Virtual Currency can be bought with no limit.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\2K Sports\NBA 2K21\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1225330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\2K Sports\NBA 2K21\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1225330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam Cloud


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ menus and gameplay, pillarboxed FMVs.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Different camera angles, zoom and height levels can be set during the match.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Anti-aliasing Quality controls the number of extra coverage samples (driver-dependent). TAA toggle.
SSAA can be enforced independently by editing VideoSettings.cfg.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On, Off, Half-rate, Dynamic. Dynamic enforces Half-rate Vsync during cutscenes.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game was designed for 60 Hz refresh rate.[3]
Capped at 240 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)



In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Commentary, PA, Sound Effects, Crowd, Player Chatter, Menu Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Versus, Co-op
LAN play
Online play
10 Versus, Co-op
The official multiplayer service was shut down on December 31, 2022.[7]

Connection types

Type Native Notes

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2100 3.1 GHz
AMD FX 4100 3.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 110 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
AMD Radeon HD 7770
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0x compatible
Other CPU supporting SSE 4.2 and AVX.
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. NBA 2K21 inserts unskippable ads into pre-game loading screens - last accessed on 2020-10-19
  2. NBA 2K21 - PC Ultra Quality (3440x1440) - last accessed on 2020-09-04
  3. Developer notes found in %APPDATA%\2K Sports\NBA 2K21\VideoSettingsHelp.txt
  4. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2020-09-04
    Tested the game with Microsoft's Xbox One controller connected through a USB cable
  5. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2020-09-04
    Tested the game with Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 V2 controller connected through a USB cable
  6. Verified by User:AlRayes BRN on 2020-09-04
    Tested the game by hot-plugging two different controllers
  7. NBA 2K21 SERVER SHUTDOWN - 2K Support - last accessed on 2022-11-12