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New NBA Playgrounds Details, Gameplay Released

NBA Playgrounds

The hype train is chugging along for the upcoming arcade basketball game NBA Playgrounds.

With the game’s May release fast approaching, a new gameplay video as well as some more details about what players can expect has been released.

Players will be able to take over 200 past and present players onto the court for 2-on-2 action. Much like the NBA Jam games of the past, there will be the option for power-ups and bonuses throughout the game in order to gain an advantage over your opponents.

Some of the bonuses available are a foot of added height on dunks, super speed shoes, a glowing blue ball that improves your shot percentage, and a 2x 3-pointer.

Players can also get an advantage by upgrading their players. Upgrades are added in the form of XP that is earned by sticking with the same players for a longer period of time.

More details can be found below via Sony’s PlayStation Blog. NBA Playgrounds will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam).

From Sony:

Shooting and Dunking

Whether you’re shooting 3-pointers, pulling off major dunks, showing off your finger-roll game, or defying analytics and winning with long 2-pointers – timing is key. Letting go of the shoot button at the peak of your shooting motion will not only increase your shot percentage, it will actually give you bonus points if the timing is perfect. The same goes for layups and dunks. This brings an added layer to NBA Playgrounds, where advanced players can be rewarded for learning the animations.

Lottery Pick System

Pour in enough buckets, and your team will get to spin the Lottery Pick wheel for a short term bonus. Bonuses include super speed shoes, 12 inches of extra height on dunks, a glowing blue ball that increases your shot percentage, and a 2x 3-pointer. Another cool aspect of the Lottery Pick system is that it makes you think twice about pushing down your opponent on defense, as you lose your lottery bar momentum. It’s playground rules, but playing a cleaner game can bring you some good karma.


Defense wins championships – it also wins a ton of games in NBA Playgrounds, whether it’s against the AI, your friend on the couch, or online competition. Timing your swipes to get steals is key. On the other side of the coin, if you see a defender going in for a steal, that’s the perfect time to pull off a crossover and sprint towards the basket or the 3-point line. A good player will also experiment with and learn the perfect time to jump to block a dunk or a jump shot. Key moments – like when a player is about to shoot a 6-pointer during the Lottery Pick 3-pointer bonus – also call for you to push your opponent down – it’s playground rules after all!

Upgrade your Players

NBA Playgrounds rewards winning by giving the player new card packs that unlock new current and retired players. Sticking with a team for a while and focusing on unlocking their XP by playing through games will give those players new moves. Lots of players also have signature moves, so be sure to keep progressing in the game!

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