Connect by Wireless Adapter

PlayStation & Nintendo controllers use Bluetooth for wireless connection, so a wireless adapter is not usually required. However, many Xbox controllers do support the Xbox Wireless Adapter (click here to buy🛒) and some third-party PlayStation controllers such as the Astro C40 use a custom wireless adapter.

👉 This page includes the following (Wireless Adapter) Controller to Windows PC guides:

👉 Other useful guides related to PC gaming:

⚡IMPORTANT

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.

Cronus Zen USB Port/Button Labels
Cronus Zen USB Port/Button Labels

🎧 HEADSET AUDIO

While Zen supports most wired headsets connecting to the controller when using a wireless adapter, 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 PC's sound card and not the controller.



See the Wired Headset Users page for more detailed information.

🎮 XBOX (WIRELESS ADAPTER)

Early models of the Xbox and its accessories including the original Elite controller do not use Bluetooth. Instead, it uses a proprietary version of Wi-Fi Direct called Xbox Wireless, which operates at faster speeds than Bluetooth, with lower latency.

Cronus Zen supports the Xbox Wireless Adapter with all models up to firmware version 5.13.3143.0. You are still able to Revert Xbox Firmware if you need to.

Setup Hardware: Windows 11 PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox Elite S2 and Xbox One controllers (fully charged🔋), Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .

  1. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to a PC from both PROG (mini-USB) and CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB).
  2. Open ZEN STUDIO > Device Panel > Emulator Output Protocol set to AUTO.
  3. Make sure that PS4 Speciality and PS Remote Play are NOT enabled.
  4. Connect an XBOX WIRELESS ADAPTER to A3.
  5. Connect any XBOX controller to A2 and press the XBOX button to power it on. Wait a few seconds, then unplug the XBOX controller from A2.
If successful, the Zen RGBs will change to solid GREEN, and the XBOX LED and wireless adapter will stop flashing and change to solid WHITE, indicating that Zen, controller and PC are now correctly paired. If not? make sure the controller is powered on by pressing the XBOX button, then press Zen's reset button a couple of times and that should re-sync everything.

AUDIO: If you wish to use a headset, connect it directly to the PC's sound card and not the controller. If you don't have a headset and wish to use voice chat, you can also use a laptop's built-in microphone.

STEAM USERS: If you have Steam installed and running on your PC, the ELITE S2 XBOX button LED will change color to CYAN.

XBOX 360 CONTROLLER: If you are using an Xbox 360 wireless receiver (sold in our store 🛒), follow the instructions above, but set the Emulator Output Protocol to PC/MOBILE, connect the receiver to A3, press the sync button on both the receiver and the Xbox 360 wireless controller and they should pair up in just a few seconds 👍

These are the major Xbox controller models that have been tested working with a PS4, Xbox Wireless, and the Cronus Zen. The Windows Xbox Accessories App detects all versions and can be used to test vibration and buttons.

Xbox One 1537 (2.3.2381.0)
Xbox One 1537 (2.3.2381.0)
Xbox One 1708 (4.8.1908.0 Reverted)
Xbox One 1708 (4.8.1908.0 Reverted)
Xbox Series X/S 1914 (5.13.3118.0)
Xbox Series X/S 1914 (5.13.3118.0)
Xbox Elite 1698 (2.3.2388.0)
Xbox Elite 1698 (2.3.2388.0)
Xbox Elite S2 1797 (4.8.1908.0)
Xbox Elite S2 1797 (4.8.1908.0)
Xbox Series X/S 1914 (5.13.3143.0)
Xbox Series X/S 1914 (5.13.3143.0)

🎮 ASTRO C40 (WIRELESS ADAPTER)

The ASTRO C40 TR PS4 controller a WIRED / WIRELESS switch that works with a custom wireless adapter, supplied with the controller. Zen is able to output to a PC as an original Sony DUALSHOCK 4, and all game icons will be PlayStation instead of Xbox.

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Setup Hardware: Windows 11 PC, ASTRO C40 TR controller (fully charged🔋), Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .

  1. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to a PC from both PROG (mini-USB) and CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB).
  2. Open ZEN STUDIO > Device Panel > Select "Enable PS Remote Play"
  3. Wait for the Zen to restart, then check PS Remote Play is enabled (unplug and reconnect all USB cables from the Zen if it doesn't detect in Zen Studio after the restart).
  4. Connect the ASTRO WIRELESS ADAPTER to A3 and press the controller's PS button to power it on.
  5. The ASTRO C40 is now recognized as an original Sony DUALSHOCK 4 (Hit gamepad-tester.com and see for yourself 😁 Enjoy the benefits, including games now showing PlayStation icons instead of Xbox!
If successful, the Astro Wireless Adapter will change to solid BLUE, and the ASTRO C40 touchpad will change from ORANGE to solid WHITE, indicating that Zen, controller and PC are now correctly paired. If not? make sure the controller is powered on by pressing the PS button, then press Zen's reset button a couple of times and that should re-sync everything.

AUDIO: If you wish to use a headset, connect it directly to the PC's sound card and not the controller. If you don't have a headset and wish to use voice chat, you can also use a laptop's built-in microphone.

TIPS & TRICKS

💡PRO TIP

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 😉

🚦LIVE MONITORING

If you wish to monitor controller outputs in real-time with Zen Studio, connect both the PROG (mini-USB) and CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB) cables from Zen to your PC, open Zen Studio and make sure the Zen is detected, then go to the Device panel and select Tools > Device Monitor (Shortcut: F3).

☢️TROUBLESHOOTING

If the controller buttons are not 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:

  • The CONSOLE/PC micro-USB cable may be bad or loose.
  • The USB cable from the controller to the Zen is bad.
  • The USB port on the controller is damaged.

Also, the Wireless adapter pairing between Zen and your controller will be lost if....

  1. You connect the controller to a console directly by USB
  2. You connect the controller to a Windows PC directly by USB
  3. You pair the controller via Wireless adapter to any other device
  4. You connect the controller to A1 then connect Zen to a console
  5. You perform a factory reset in Zen Studio

For more detailed help, check out the extensive TROUBLESHOOTING 👈 guide.



Updated 09 Jun 2022
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