Developer Saber Interactive announced a major update to their latest game, NBA Playgrounds.
The patch is currently only available for the PC, but it will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch as soon as the update passes certification on each. The update mainly fixes the shooting system (jump shots, threes, dunks, layups, etc), adds friend matchmaking, and 15 new players.
The shooting system now has a shooting meter, colored both red and green to indicate when you need to release the ball. This kind of feedback from the game is a long time coming, as before it was impossible to determine the proper timing. The game would simply respond with “early” or “late” regardless of whether or not you felt it was similar timing to the last successful one.
The friend matchmaking feature allows you to “directly challenge another player” to a match. In order to do so, you much agree on a code, go into online mode, open Challenges, enter your agreed upon code, and play. An easy enough process and the perfect way to share your love of the game with friends.
Furthermore, Saber Interactive has added 15 new players for free. These include: Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Kenny Smith, Gary Payton, Klay Thompson, Devin Booker, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker, Seth Curry, Tiny Archibald, John Starks, Tracy McGrady, and Pete Maravich. As well as the different versions of Shaquille O´Neal to reflect his career with various teams, like the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic.
Once again, this update is only available on the PC for the moment and will be coming to the rest of the consoles soon.