Connect your favorite supported PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo controllers to a Cronus Zen (w/ USB Cable) and a PlayStation 5, using the PS4 SPECIALITY method and the custom PS5 Dongle (no longer sold).
👉 Before you get started, review the PS4 SPECIALITY CHECKLIST and apply the PS5 CONSOLE SETTINGS (see below).
Please read this important PS4 SPECIALITY CHECKLIST before setting up your PS5:
👉 This page includes the following (USB) Controller to PlayStation 5 guides:
DO NOT run any scripts or GamePacks until you are happy with your controller's setup and performance - and remember, if your controller ever disconnects, glitches or becomes unresponsive, simply tap Zen's reset button to resync.
While Zen supports most wired headsets connecting to the controller, you should know that audio is heavy on the CPU. This isn't a problem if you do not use GamePacks or scripts, but if you are, audio may affect its performance by causing the controller to disconnect or introduce lag. It is highly recommended that if you are using powerful MODs, switch to a wireless headset or any headset that connects directly to the console and not the controller.
See the Wired Headset Users page for more detailed information.
Setup Hardware: PlayStation 5 console, DUALSENSE and DUALSHOCK 4 v2 controllers, Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .
AUDIO: You can connect a wired headset to the DUALSENSE or DUALSHOCK 4 v2 controller, but the PS5 DONGLE goes to A1 instead of A3. However, it is recommended that you use a wireless headset, or one that connects directly to the console and not the controller. For more details see the Wired Headset Users page
Setup Hardware: PlayStation 5 console, XBOX SERIES X/S and XBOX ELITE S2 controllers, Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .
AUDIO: You can connect a wired headset to the XBOX controller, but the PS5 DONGLE goes to A1 instead of A3. However, it is recommended that you use a wireless headset, or one that connects directly to the console and not the controller. For more details see the Wired Headset Users page.
All Community GamePacks include built in Auto-Crossover functionality, so you still have access to PS5 only features such as Touchpad, even when using an Xbox or other non-PlayStation controller. See the PlayStation Crossover GamePack for more details 👍
These are the major Xbox controller models that have been tested working with a PS5 and the Cronus Zen. The Windows Xbox Accessories App detects all versions and can be used to test vibration and buttons.
Connect a wired Keypad or Keyboard to A2 or A3 and use it alongside your controller for powerful GamePack MODs, Scripts, and Build/Edit Macros. This is REALLY popular with Fortnite, CoD & Apex Legends players who are slaying with the new 32bit Community Supported GamePacks 😉
If you wish to monitor controller outputs in real-time with Zen Studio, connect the PROG (mini-USB) cable from Zen to PC, and keep the Zen connected to your PS5 with the CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB) cable. Open Zen Studio and make sure the Zen is detected, then go to the Device panel and select Tools > Device Monitor (Shortcut: F3).
If the Zen RGB LEDs do not light up, or if no controller buttons are responding, unplug all USB cables from the Zen, reconnect, then press Zen's reset button and that should fix it. Make sure the controllers are powered on.
If your controller disconnects:
For more detailed help, check out the extensive TROUBLESHOOTING 👈 guide.