MLB The Show 21 is heading to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on April 20. You read that right, this year marks the first time the previously PlayStation-exclusive franchise is branching out and appearing on Xbox consoles as well. The game will be available in a standard edition and a collector’s edition, but the collector’s edition won’t be announced until February 3. The standard edition is available for preorder now (see it at Best Buy).

Note that, unlike many games released during this transition period between console generations, there is no upgrade path between previous-gen and next-gen consoles. Sony says to wait for details about the collector’s edition to arrive on February 3 to learn more about it.

Preorder MLB The Show 21

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You’ll notice that the pricing is in line with that of Sony’s previous cross-generation games: the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will cost $59.99, while the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions will cost $69.99

MLB The Show 21 Preorder Bonus

Preorder a digital copy of the game from the Microsoft Store or PlayStation Store, and you’ll receive the following digital items:

PS4 and Xbox One

  • 10 The Show Packs

PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

  • 10 The Show Packs
  • 5,000 Stubs

What’s New in MLB The Show 21?

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For starters, the cover athlete this time around is Fernando “El Nino” Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres.

In addition to appearing on Xbox platforms for the first time, MLB The Show 21 will feature cross-platform multiplayer, so you can play against anyone, regardless of what console they’re using. It also supports “cross progression,” which lets you pick up where you left off on another platform, even if it’s a different console generation.

As for what new features MLB The Show 21 will have, we don’t have much to go on. The game’s official description says it will offer modes for players of all skill levels. It will include Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty. You’ll also be able to play as new Legends. The development team says additional information will be presented in six “Feature Premier” streams, the first of which will arrive in March. So stay tuned.

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Chris Reed is a commerce editor and deals expert at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.

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