NBA 2K13 Loading Time Evaluation

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 9:30 am

One generally overlooked aspect of sports titles, where the in and out of games can result in significant time spent waiting around, is the efficiency in loading times. Series like NCAA Football and MLB: The Show have suffered tremendously due to extensive loading times.

NBA 2K, on the other hand, has been extremely crisp in recent years. That is the case yet again with NBA 2K13 which has brisk loading times and still even benefits some from being installed on the Xbox 360 hard drive. 

Install time- 14:23
Install size- 8.3 GB

Loading Times
Boot to main menu- 42 seconds disc vs 40 seconds HDD (2 seconds)
Load into Play Now Game- 46 seconds disc vs 25 seconds HDD (21 seconds)
Leave Game to Menu- 6 seconds disc vs 3 seconds HDD (3 seconds)
Load into Training Camp- 22 seconds disc vs 13 seconds HDD (9 seconds)
Load into Dunk Contest- 29 seconds disc vs 21 seconds HDD (8 seconds)
Load into Saved Association- 11 seconds disc vs 7 seconds HDD (4 seconds)
Load into Saved MyCareer- 15 seconds disc vs 10 seconds HDD (5 seconds)
Load into Saved MyTeam- 4 seconds disc vs 3 seconds HDD (1 second)

NBA 2K13 is the largest sports title to date on the 360 coming in at 8.3 GB. Load times improved vs 2K12 and some nice savings are seen with the install when starting up games in particular for those who like to skip past the presentation. Savings in other areas are marginal but helpful. Installing to the hard drive is recommended for the reduced noise and wear and tear put on the system in addition to any improvements seen in loading times.

  • Good analysis pasta

  • This is good to see.

  • Dano39

    Can the game also be loaded on to the PS3? I’m more concerned about the wear and tear on the system.

    • jup

      of course dude…. i dont have a ps3 but i would be surprised (in a negative way of course) if you cant do it…

      • i wish ps3 had the install game option that all 360 games have….ps3 seems to depend on who made the game these days…

    • TheReprisal

      Don’t worry about the wear, and tear it takes a lot more than playing a video game on the PS3 to cause harm

    • Skopin

      You can download the game from the PSN store if you want to play it from the HDD. unfortunately, though, game installs are not available on the PS3 yet (unless the game itself prompts it).

  • Crimson
    • Jwaan

      Let’s wait and see if Keith will tell us if this is representative of bad sales. Probably won’t though, but it’s worth a shot.

  • Tom

    crimson, keith and jwaan. You three have singlehandedly terrorized the comments section of this website for quite some time. Please, I understand your passion, but do not continue the radical and insulting debates. If you would post less, that would be ideal. Thank you

    • Guess

      I’m sure they feel the same about you Daley.

  • scranton78

    Still can’t find the 2k camera in options (without kinect), still any
    help would be appreciated….but does it take anyone else incredibly
    long to inbound the ball after a sub? Maybe its the cpu just loading all
    the players on the court?

  • Skopin

    This is the first time I’ve bought the game on my 360 instead of PS3. Loading times after the install are ridiculous. So much better.

  • true facts

    2k took away autosave off why?… everything u do has to f’n save. also classic teams are missing players the 1’s they had last year are not on this year. lastly the f’n autosave option last year an this year..after the playoffs goin into the 2nd season game freezes. can we please get the option of on or off back.

  • H-Town

    This game seems broken, Servers are complete shit, waaaaaaaaay to many missing players, game freezes frequently. Didn’t play a single game without lag yet.

  • wondering if you know why pasta… ive started 2 my career modes and after the first game i end the second game and get ready to go to the post game interview and the game freezes…. so i havnt been able to do a my career which sucks…. please help figure this out for me

  • juju

    this is precated