Connect by USB

Connect your favorite supported Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo controllers to a Cronus Zen (w/ USB Cable) and an Xbox Series X/S.

👉 This page includes the following (USB) Controller to Xbox Series X/S guides:

⚡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, 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.

🎮 XBOX (USB)

Setup Hardware: Xbox Series X/S console, XBOX SERIES X/S, XBOX ELITE S2 and XBOX ONE controllers, Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .

  1. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to a PC from PROG (mini-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. NOTE: Unplug all USB cables from Zen (no power).
  4. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to an XBOX SERIES X/S CONSOLE from CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB).
  5. Connect the XBOX controller to A1 and press the XBOX button to power it on.
If successful, the Zen RGBs will change to solid GREEN, and the XBOX LED will stop flashing and change to solid WHITE, indicating that Zen, controller and console 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: You can connect a wired headset to most XBOX controllers. 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.

These are the major Xbox controller models that have been tested working with an Xbox Series X/S 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)

🎮 PLAYSTATION (USB)

Setup Hardware: Xbox Series X/S console, DUALSENSE and DUALSHOCK 4 v2 controllers, Zen Studio and Zen Firmware .

  1. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to a PC from PROG (mini-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. NOTE: Unplug all USB cables from Zen (no power).
  4. Connect the CRONUS ZEN to a XBOX SERIES X/S CONSOLE from CONSOLE/PC (micro-USB) NOTE: If using a PS4 PRO, Zen must connect to the REAR USB PORT.
  5. Connect an XBOX SERIES X/S controller to A1(license donor).
  6. Connect the PLAYSTATION controller to A3 and press both XBOX and PS buttons to power them on.
If successful, the Zen RGBs and DUALSHOCK 4 lightbar will change to solid GREEN, and the DUALSENSE touchpad changes to BLUE, indicating that Zen, controller and console are now correctly paired. If not? make sure the controllers are both powered on by pressing the PS and XBOX buttons, then press Zen's reset button a couple of times and that should re-sync everything.

AUDIO: You can connect a wired headset to the PlayStation controller, or if that doesn't work connect it to the A1 Xbox donor controller. 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.

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 the PROG (mini-USB) cable from Zen to PC, and keep the Zen connected to your Xbox Series X/S 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).

☢️TROUBLESHOOTING

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:

  • The controller connected to A1 does not work as a donor (e.g., DS4 v1).
  • The USB cable from the controller to the Zen is bad.
  • The USB port on the controller is damaged.

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