Come on and slam, and welcome to the VR jam.
2K has announced NBA 2KVR Experience, a basketball virtual reality game for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR. This first sports VR game from the publisher will come out on November 22 for $15. The NBA 2K series has become one of the most popular sports franchises in gaming since it launched in 1999. The last installment, NBA 2K17, came out on September 20. It was the fifth best-selling game in October, according to the NPD Group.
NBA 2KVR Experience isn’t a full basketball game, but rather a collection of virtual reality minigames. Like a lot of publishers, 2K is wading into the VR market with experiments and not full games. AR/VR will be worth $120 billion by 2020, according to Digi-Capital. However, in these early days, only a limited amount of consumers own a VR device. Upload VR predicts that the Vive and Oculus Rift will sell under 500,000 each in 2016, while PlayStation VR will move 2 million units.
“In the NBA 2KVR Experience, players will join NBA 2K17 cover athlete and All-Star Paul George, as they step onto the court at the Indiana Pacers’ stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse,” 2K noted in a press release sent to GamesBeat. “Paul George will also provide commentary and guide the player by offering tips to help improve their skills in mini-games, which include three-point shootout, a speed and accuracy skills challenge, and the buzzer beater countdown.”