Xbox One Controllers

All supported Xbox One controller features, including a list of known compatible Xbox One controllers.

Cronus Zen supports most Xbox One original and licensed third-party controllers. They can be connected to all compatible gaming systems with full Mod & GPC scripting capabilities.

Be sure to read the following important information before you begin to setup your controller. Stick to the basics and everything will be gravy👍

Main Supported Features

Main Features

Notes

Supported

Authentication

USB or Wireless Adapter Only (No BT)

YES (Not BT)

Bluetooth

No Auth or Headset over Bluetooth

YES

Wireless Adapter

Official & Third-Party

YES

Headset Audio

USB or Wireless Adapter Only (No BT)

YES

Grip Rumble

aka Vibration

YES

Trigger Rumble

aka Impulse Triggers

YES

Chatpad

YES

Make sure your Xbox One controller's firmware is updated to the latest version for up-to-date Cronus Zen support. This is especially important for the Elite controllers

Official Microsoft Controllers

All special editions and variations of the official Microsoft Xbox One Controller are compatible with Cronus Zen.

Controller

Connection

Auth (USB)

Xbox One

USB / Wireless

YES

Xbox One S

USB / Wireless / BT

YES (Not BT)

Xbox One Elite

USB / Wireless

YES

Xbox One Elite S2

USB / Wireless / BT

YES (Not BT)

Xbox One consoles require an officially licensed Xbox One controller connected to the A1 USB Port to authenticate Cronus Zen to an Xbox One console. This is called the 'Auth Controller' and can also be used as the primary gaming controller.

Bluetooth & Headset: It is not possible to send Headset data over Xbox One Bluetooth, so we have created

If you wish to use an Xbox One Bluetooth Controller with a headset, an Xbox One licensed controller must be wired to Zen's A1 USB port at all times (see image below), because it is not possible to send Authentication or Headset data over Xbox One Bluetooth. A second wireless Xbox One Bluetooth controller can be paired to the Cronus Zen (P2 button) for full wireless gaming.

Wireless Adapters

Name

Model

Wireless Auth

Microsoft Wireless Adapter

YES

Microsoft Wireless Adapter v2

YES

The Xbox One Wireless Adapter is recommended over Bluetooth for Xbox One wireless support. Not only is it more reliable with faster pairing and re-syncing after a reset, but extra features include full Authentication so no second auth controller is required, and full audio support so you can connect a compatible headset direct to your Xbox One wireless controller (see example below).

Third-Party Licensed Controllers

Name

Connection

Auth (USB)

GameStop Wired

USB Only

TBC

GameStop Metallics Limited Edition

USB Only

YES

Hori Horipad

USB Only

TBC

Hori Horipad Pro

USB Only

TBC

PowerA Enhanced

USB Only

YES

PowerA Mini

USB Only

YES

PowerA Fusion 2

USB Only

YES

PowerA Fusion Pro

USB Only

YES

PowerA Pro Ex

USB Only

TBC

PowerA Spectra

USB Only

YES

PowerA Star Wars Stormtrooper

USB Only

TBC

PDP Afterglow Prismatic

USB Only

YES

Razer Atrox Arcade Stick

USB Only

TBC

Razer Atrox Dragon Ball Fighter Z

USB Only

TBC

Razer Wildcat

USB Only

TBC

Razer Wolverine Tournament Edition

USB Only

TBC

Razer Wolverine Ultimate

USB Only

TBC

Scuf Prestige

USB / BT

TBC

Many licensed third-party Xbox One controllers support Authentication over USB. If you ever have an Xbox One controller that doesn't support Auth, simply connect an Auth Controller to Zen's A1 USB port and game with your preferred controller connected to A2.

Note: There is no Xbox One headset support over Bluetooth. The controller must be wired directly to Zen or use an Xbox One Wireless Adapter. If you have a Bluetooth third-party Xbox One controller such as the Scuf Prestige, you can still use the controller wirelessly with full audio by simply connecting your Headset directly to the Auth Controller that is wired to A1.

The same setup can be applied if audio isn't working with a third-party wired controller, simply connect the headset directly to an Auth Controller wired to A1 (see example below).

How to Unpair an Xbox One Controller

If your Xbox One wireless controller has already been paired to a console, we recommend it is unpaired to make sure there are no conflictions when pairing to Cronus Zen. This is especially important with Bluetooth models of Xbox One controller. The process is quite simple.

  1. Plug a USB cable to your Xbox One controller and connect it into any Windows PC.

  2. Wait until the Home LED stays solid white.

  3. The Xbox One controller is now safely unpaired from the console..

How to Update an Xbox One Controller

Windows App

Always make sure your controller is updated to the latest firmware, especially the Elite controllers as older version firmware does not function correctly with Cronus Zen. You can update your Xbox One controller on a Windows 10 PC by using the Xbox Accessories app:

  1. If you don’t already have the app installed, get it in the Microsoft Store.

  2. Open the Xbox Accessories app.

  3. Connect your Xbox One Wireless Controller by using a USB cable or the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows. You'll be prompted to update to Windows 10 Anniversary Edition if you haven't yet done so.

  4. When the controller is connected, you'll see the message Update Required if an update is mandatory. Install the update.

Things to keep in mind

  • The Xbox Accessories app is available only on Windows 10.

  • Controllers that don't have a built-in 3.5-mm audio port must be updated using a USB connection and must have the Windows 10 TH2 Update (or later).

  • Updating the controller over Bluetooth is not supported.

Xbox One Console

  1. If you have one, plug the stereo headset adapter into the bottom of your controller so it can also get updates.

  2. If you're using a stereo headset adapter, plug in a headset (a headset must be plugged in so the adapter will turn on).

  3. Plug the included USB cable into the Xbox's USB port.

  4. Plug the other end of the USB cable into the top of the controller.

Xbox Wireless Controller update screen
  1. Instructions to install the update should automatically appear. Follow the instructions, and don’t disconnect the USB cable while the update is in progress. The process can take up to 3 minutes. If instructions to install the update don’t automatically appear, you can start the process manually. To do this, press the Xbox buttonto open the guide, choose System > Settings > Devices & streaming > Accessories, and then select the controller you want to update. Select Device info, select the Firmware version box, and then select Continue.

Things to keep in mind

  • The auto-detect feature of this update may not work immediately if you plugged your stereo headset adapter into the controller while downloading a system update, or while the console was turned off. To resolve this, go to the Home screen and unplug the adapter. Then, plug the adapter into the controller.

  • You only need to update your controller one time to use the stereo headset adapter. However, if you plan to use the stereo headset adapter with other Xbox One controllers, you’ll need to follow this process for each controller. Additionally, check for new updates periodically as Xbox frequently ships new controller features and improvements.