Rust on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors?

Rust on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 5Yes, Rust runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.

From the creators of Gary’s Mod comes Rust, a survival first-person shooter.

Rust is a ruthless game in which surviving won’t be easy. You’ll start by barely surviving and building a basic hut, but eventually, you’ll be able to create fortresses and a lethal arsenal to fight against other players.

In spite of being a difficult game, Rust is one of the most popular games on Steam right now.

Rust on Mac

Rust was first released on Steam Early Access in 2013. It was notorious for being a difficult game to run and several bugs.

But throughout its ups and downs, Facepunch Studios has always secured a Mac version for the game, including Metal support and more recently M1 Apple Silicon support:

Genre: Survival 64-Bit Support: Rust on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 6 M1 Support: Rosetta 2
Developer: Facepunch Studios API: Metal M1 Performance: Good

Is Rust worth it? The reviews

Rust Mac gameplay

Rust aggregated reviews can be misleading. As a game that has been available since 2013 on Early Access, it has amazed its fair share of negative reviews from players unhappy with their unfinished state and bugs.

But make no mistake, Rust is a great survival game, which is why over a hundred thousand users play it every day:

Rust on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 7 85% Reviews

Rust Mac requirements

These are the game’s official Mac requirements:

OS: 10.11
Processor: Intel Core i7
Memory: 10 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD R9 280 or better
Hard Drive: 20 GB
A 64-Bit OS and Metal support are required

It is worth noting that according to these system requirements, almost no Mac with integrated graphics should be able to run Rust. But that is no longer the case thanks to Apple’s new M1 Macs. More on that below.

Rust M1 Mac support

Rust on M1 Mac: Can it run on Apple Silicon Processors? 8Yes, Rust runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2021:

Rust running on M1 Macs V2

What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.

The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM

As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, Rust can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:

Rust M1 Mac Rosetta 2 support

Tested versions:

  • MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
  • Rust: January 7, 2021 Update

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Rust M1 Mac benchmarks

These are the Rust M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:

Benchmarks Medium Settings & 900p Max Settings & 900p Max Settings & 1440p
MacBook Air (M1, 2020) 

As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:

  • Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
  • 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
  • 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
  • 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
  • 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.

We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.

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