Is Rust coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5?

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On May 21, Rust, the multiplayer competitive online survival game, will be making its console debut. Rust Console Edition is officially coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But what about next-gen consoles?

Although the game has technically been developed and optimized for last-gen systems, you’ll actually be able to play it on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 as well thanks to backward compatibility. Rust Console Edition is based on the PC version but has been “designed and optimized for a completely separate and unique console player experience.”

Developer Double Eleven went into a lengthy blog post detailing everything they had to do to optimize Rust for consoles but the main takeaway is that it will follow its own update roadmap separate from the PC version. The game will be updated over time but an exact roadmap has not been shared yet.

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Rust is available for pre-order on Xbox One and PS5 with multiple editions to choose from. You have the Standard Edition that simply includes the game and a Future Weapons and Tools Skin Pack for $49.99. There’s also the Deluxe Edition that includes a Welcome Pack and 3-days early access for $59.99. Lastly, there’s the Ultimate Edition that features all of the aforementioned goodies plus the Elite Combat Skin Pack and 1100 Rust Coins for $79.99.

So as a quick wrap-up, Rust is technically being released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4; however, thanks to backward compatibility you will still be able to play it on Xbox Series X|S and PS5 on May 21.

Rust first released in early access in December 2013 and only fully released on PC in February 2018. The game drops players into a hostile and harsh open world with th the sole goal of survival. In addition to surviving the natural elements, managing your hunger and thirst, you’ll also have to watch out for hostile players.