Most of us expected that with NBA 2K23, the community would finally grow by connecting players, allowing different platforms and console generations to play together seamlessly. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case this year either.
The game was released on the 9th of September for the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC with yet another unfortunate confirmation through the game’s website.
Does NBA 2K23 Support Cross-Platform Play?
No, NBA 2K23 was confirmed to not feature crossplay with different platforms. PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation (PS4 and PS5) and Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox Series X) players will have to compete with players that are using the same console. This was seemingly confirmed on the game’s FAQ:
“NBA 2K23 will feature MyTEAM Cross-Progression and a Shared VC Wallet within the same console family (PlayStation®4 <> PlayStation®5, Xbox One <> Xbox Series X|S). MyTEAM Cross-Progression enables all MyTEAM Points, Tokens, cards and progress to be shared across both versions of NBA 2K23 on generations of consoles in the same console family.”
To add insult to the injury, there will be no crossplay between different generations of consoles as well. PS4 players can’t play with PS5 players, and similarly Xbox One players can’t play with Xbox Series X players.
This is a letdown considering how FIFA was able to add crossplay between console generations and PC, making the game more accessible and fun to play regardless of which system you owned.
Ronnie 2K briefly discussed crossplay in NBA 2K23 in a Twitch livestream with Mobuckets, where he said that it’s not as easy as it would seem to put crossplay into the game. He further added that the community would be the first to know about any announcements regarding the feature.
Is there Cross-Progression in NBA 2K23?
There is cross-progression in NBA 2K23 but not in the way you think. Your progress does not carry over between different console families (progress sharing between Xbox, PlayStation and PC is not possible). However, consoles from different generations can share their progress within MyTEAM, allowing them to link their MyTEAM tokens, points, cards and VC between both versions of the game.
Any purchased VC on different generations, will be available to spend on both versions of the game (within the same console family). Also, if you happen to buy the NBA 2K23 Championship, Michael Jordan or Digital Deluxe Edition, you will be able to get the game for both versions of your respective console.
Can Next-Generation Players Hop On The Current-Gen Version?
Yes, if you have a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you can play the older version of the game thanks to backwards compatibility. You will have to switch between different versions of the game in order to play with your friends from current-generation.
Players on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can not play on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions respectively.
The previous instalments in NBA 2K haven’t exactly had an inclination towards cross-platform play. So much so, that even consoles of different generations haven’t been able to play together. This has created a rift and a longing for a sense of a potentially much bigger community.
With 2K23, players were hoping that the game would finally introduce crossplay but to no avail. Let’s keep up the high hopes for next year. If all works out, we’ll see you in the court in 2K24!
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