MLB The Show 22: Release Time And How To Play Early

Here's when you can play ball--which is even earlier if you have the cash.

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MLB The Show 22 is just hours away for the standard version, and if you bought one of a few specific editions, it's out right now. For the first time, you'll be able to send a towering blast over the fence on Nintendo Switch alongside Xbox and PlayStation. But just when can you play ball? Well, that depends on what you're paying for the game, and we break down MLB The Show 22 release times below.

When does MLB The Show 22 come out?

For the standard version of the game, including the one included at no extra charge via Xbox Game Pass, MLB The Show 22 will release on April 5. This applies to the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch versions.

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The PlayStation versions' unlock time is currently set for midnight ET. It's not guaranteed the Xbox and Nintendo versions will also release then, but you should expect it to be at roughly the same time.

MLB The Show 22 early access date

If you purchased MLB The Show 22 MVP Edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition, you can play the game a full four days sooner. Early access for both versions began on April 1, no joke. The MVP Edition is only available on Xbox and PlayStation, but Nintendo Switch players can buy the Digital Deluxe Edition for this early access. This version also comes with some extra digital goodies, including a healthy number of Stubs.

This early access is also available to Xbox Game Pass members via a special bundle. However, this costs $50.

MLB The Show 22 includes cross-platform play and cross-progression, letting you play on the go via Switch and on another system without losing anything you earned. It also includes online co-op in Diamond Dynasty, a new commentary team, and more than 160 legends from baseball's long history.

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