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NBA goes virtual as NBA2K VR Experience becomes available on November 22

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2K will release the first NBA virtual reality gaming in NBA2K VR Experience. It will be available for the PlayStation 4, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive tomorrow, November 22, for @14.99.

2K takes a rather slow approach to virtual reality technology as the game not a full-featured basketball title. It is more of a collection mini-games and the title narrated and voiced by NBA 2K17 cover athlete Paul George.

NBA 2KVR Experience has a buzzer beater and timed challenges as well as a three point shoot-out mode. Players get to earn attributes through the attainment of in-game Gatorade boosts. Forbes reports that it has the feel of a high-end mobile experience, but takes place in a VR environment.

This marks the continued dominance of the NBA 2K series. By launching the first virtual reality basketball game, it gives a glimpse of what’s in store for its players.

“Our team consistently looks for new ways to deliver unique, fun experiences for the gamer.” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts, via BusinessWire.  “NBA 2KVR will give fans even more access to our franchise and test new skills across entertaining VR challenges.

NBA 2K17 cover athlete Paul George serves as a guide in NBA 2KVR Experience. As players step into the game, they’ll see themselves at the court of Indiana Pacers’ stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse. George will provide tips and commentaries to help improve the players’ skills in the mini-games.

The game also features fairly heavy cross-branding with Gatorade. The players can purchase, through in-game currency, power-ups for the challenges. A Gatorade protein bar boosts quickness and stamina, while a Gatorade Thirst Quencher improves shot accuracy.

“As a lifelong fan of NBA 2K, it’s exciting to see them take the leap into VR. Even more exciting that it’ll be on my home court,” Paul George said. “I can’t wait for fans to dominate on the virtual court with virtual help from Gatorade.”

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