There’s a beta test right now but it’s very limited
2020 was a quiet year for the still-happening PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Rust, but big plans are in motion this year. Double Eleven put out a new trailer for Rust: Console Edition today, thanked fans for their ongoing support, and sent out the first batch of closed beta keys. No release date, though.
[Update: Double Eleven is now aiming for a Spring 2021 release for Rust: Console Edition, and the studio shared a handful of new screenshots. The closed beta will stick around for “the next few weeks.”]
If you put your name in the hat for the Rust console beta and haven’t heard back, it’s not a lost cause. The initial invitees will help “test out server stability,” but the developer “can’t invite everyone just yet.”
I appreciate that Facepunch Studios and Double Eleven didn’t try to rush out the console ports (or drop them for PS5 and Xbox Series X). I mean, Rust is doing tremendously well for itself on PC with a bright future still ahead of it, and there’s no real hurry so long as the wait is worth it. As short as this footage is, it looks in line with what I was expecting for “Rust running on a PS4 and Xbox One” – decent enough.
Let’s just say console versions of PC-first survival games aren’t always up to the task.