NBA 2K20 vs NBA 2K19 graphics comparison on PlayStation 4 Pro

Published: 13:50, 06 September 2019
2K Sports
LeBron James in NBA 2K20.
NBA 2K20

In this graphics comparison video, we take a look at the visual differences of NBA 2K20 and its predecessor when played on PlayStation 4 Pro. The new game features improved lighting and a more vivid colour palette. But which version wins?

NBA 2K20 is out now on all major platforms, and we genuinely cannot stop playing it. Due to the sheer amount of content that it offers though, we have to spend some more time exploring different modes and examining them fully before we can put out our in-depth review. So for now, we will focus solely on the game's visual department.

The minute you step into one of the virtual arenas in NBA 2K20, you will immediately notice the punchier and more vibrant looking colours.

Last year, while player models and faces did very much look the part, and the arenas were authentic enough to be immersive, we weren't exactly the biggest fans of the 2K19's colour palette. Everything just looked kind of bland and lifeless.

Luckily, 2K Sports decided to change the visual style of their game and make colours pop, especially in HDR, therefore making everything far more pleasing to the eye. As you can see in our graphics comparison , the homeground of Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, looks much more lifelike in 2K20 than it did last year.

Breathing even more life into the overall presentation is the gigantic leap in lighting. The more realistic skin tones of players and amazing floor reflections put NBA 2K20 miles ahead of its predecessor.

Our platform of choice for the game is PlayStation 4 Pro hooked up to a 4K TV, and we have found ourselves pausing the game and enjoying the view more times than we would care to admit.

NBA 2K games are renowned for their excellent use of motion capture, especially with superstar players like LeBron James, Steph Curry and James Harden, and NBA 2K20 has managed to reach even higher levels in terms of player animation and signature moves.

2K Sports Screenshot of LeBron James shooting a free throw in NBA 2K20 and NBA 2K19. NBA 2K20 vs NBA 2K19

But instead of just reading about it and taking our word for it, we suggest you watch our graphics comparison video embedded above and see everything we've mentioned in action. So sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some flashy basketball visuals.