Do You Need PlayStation Plus to Play NBA 2K21 MyCareer?

NBA 2K21 is a basketball simulation game developed by 2K Games and Visual Concepts and is released on September 4, 2020, for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, macOS, and Google Stadia.

2K Sports provided some of the best NBA games from the late 2000s to the early 2010s but after the move to the newer generation of consoles, NBA 2K’s landscape changed with its online capabilities.

The question for today is: Can you play NBA 2K21’s MyCareer Mode with or without subscribing to PlayStation Plus?

Do I Need PS Plus to Play NBA 2K21 MyCareer?

To shorten things up, yes, you might need PlayStation+ for NBA 2K21, especially for its online features such as MyCareer. It has been a thing since 2K14 made its way on PlayStation 4 in 2014, and the same practice remained up until today.

But if that’s a burden, then there’s an offline single-player mode where you can play as the character that you made in MyCareer.


Speaking of which, NBA 2K21 has tons of microtransactions scattered across the online MyCareer Mode and it almost seems like a pay-to-win game but in a passive manner.

It just makes it easier for you to go through the grind with the in-game currency and purchases and to be honest, refusing to spend your money on the game will make you feel guilty in exchange.

Pros and Cons of PS Plus in the Game

The pros are that having PS Plus unlocks NBA 2K21’s online features, allowing you to play MyCareer, MyLeague, MyTeam, and MyGM as soon as you purchase the subscription.

The cons are definitely not being able to use these features and such, and it only leaves two choices; subscribe to PlayStation Plus or leave it be.

Other Purchases

Aside from the game’s VC or Virtual Currency, NBA 2K21 also has boosts for online game modes.

But the thing worth your money is NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition which features the late great “The Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant as the cover for the game and the Next-Gen Standard Edition which has Zion Williamson on the cover.

But if you don’t want to spend that much, then you can get the Standard Edition that has Damian Lillard as the cover baller.

And as for the VC, well, you will get racks of it once you purchase any of NBA 2K21’s special editions, just make sure to use them wisely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is NBA 2K21 cross-platform?

A: No, NBA 2K21 is not cross-platform due to some features being exclusive for the next gen.

Q: Is it safe to change my PlayStation Network ID in the game?

A: Yes, it is safe, but it is not advisable as you might lose your account and even your save files.

Q: Is it okay to play the game without buying VC or Virtual Currency?

A: You can play the game without spending your money for Virtual Currency but it will make you go through a long process of gameplay or as they call it; grind.