MLB The Show 21 Is Out Now For Premium Editions, But Not For Xbox Game Pass

Sony's first-ever Xbox game is out now for certain editions, but the Game Pass release isn't until April 20.

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Update: MLB The Show 21 is now available for those who bought the Jackie Robinson Edition and the Digital Deluxe and Jackie Robinson Digital Deluxe Editions on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms. However, those waiting to get it via Xbox Game Pass will still have to wait until April 20. All Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get the game for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S that day at no extra charge.

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It's an exciting time for fans of the MLB The Show series, as this year's MLB The Show 21 is releasing in just a matter of hours now. Publisher Sony has announced that the game's premium editions unlock when the clock strikes midnight on April 16.

The four-day early access weekend only applies to the more expensive editions of the game, and not the standard edition. The $85 Jackie Robinson Edition and the $100 Digital Deluxe and Jackie Robinson Deluxe editions include the four-day early access promotion, so you will need to pay extra to start playing early.

Not only does buying one of these premium editions let you play four days early, but every collector's edition sold in the US until the end of 2021 includes a $1 donation from PlayStation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

This money will go toward helping to fund the foundation's Scholars Program that aims to reduce the achievement gap in higher education.

Pre-loading for MLB The Show 21 is available now, according to HITC.

MLB The Show 21 is also coming to Xbox Game Pass, but because it's the Standard edition of the game, it won't be available until the game's official release date on April 20. The MLB The Show 21 Standard Edition costs $70 USD on PS5/Xbox Series X|S and $60 for PS4/Xbox One.

MLB The Show 21 is the first game in franchise history to come to Xbox, and it was reportedly MLB's decision to bring the game to Microsoft's platform to help expand the reach of the sport.

Among the new features for MLB The Show 21 is a Stadium Creator mode that lets you build whatever kind of stadium you like, and it doesn't need to be grounded in reality.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's MLB The Show 21 preorder guide.

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