Cronus Zen tricks the console into believing an original controller is wired directly to it - we call this the 'Mirror'. The Zen then essentially becomes that controller, and is able to manipulate the controller outputs. This allows us to 'piggy-back' onto the controllers data stream directly to the game; it's how we're able to connect so many different devices seamlessly and undetected😃
This process, where Cronus Zen binds itself to the Console is called Authentication, or simply Auth.
It's actually pretty simple. Zen has to Authenticate itself with each supported platform (XB1, PS4, SWITCH, PS3, XB360, PC). However the method of Auth is handled differently depending on what system you are using. For example, Xbox One, PS4 & Xbox 360 require a physical licensed controller connected directly to Cronus Zen to correctly Authenticate, and Nintendo Switch, PS3 and Windows PC each successfully Auth with the Zen via software emulation, which is easily set in Zen Studio.
As soon as Cronus Zen is Authenticated to the console (Blue RGBs for PS4, GREEN RGBs for XBOX etc), it's ready for you to connect any supported controller by USB cable, supported wireless adapter, or Zen's own internal Bluetooth where you can wirelessly pair supported Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch and Wii Bluetooth model controllers directly to the Zen without any interference from the console.
Cronus Zen also supports inputs from mice, keyboards, racing wheels, keypads, and with a little Cronus magic the console believes you still have that standard, original controller connected, with absolutely no idea what trickery you are up to. Pretty cool huh?
This is how you can enter controller-only lobbies with a Mouse and Keyboard - because the console thinks it's just a standard, boring controller. But your monster K/D ratio knows what's up😉
Auth: Licensed Xbox One Wired Controller
No Auth/Headset over Bluetooth
Xbox One Bluetooth requires wired Auth Controller
Auth: Licensed PS4 Wired/Bluetooth Controller
PS4 Bluetooth/DS4v1 CUH-ZCT1 - No Headset/DS4 Speaker
DS4v2 CUH-ZCT2 (Wired Only) - Headset/DS4 Speaker✔
Auth Emulation - Use Zen Studio
Set Emulator Output to Auto or Nintendo Switch
Auth: Licensed Xbox 360 Wired Controller
Controller must be wired and Auth compatible.
Play and Charge adapter not compatible
Auth Emulation - Use Zen Studio
Set Emulator Output to Auto or PlayStation 3
Auth Emulation - Use Zen Studio
Set Emulator Output to PC Mobile or XBOX 360
There are just two types of controller authentication Gaming & Pass-Thru.
A licensed controller that fully supports Authentication and all features on its own. This is your primary gaming controller and connects to the A1 USB Port of the Cronus Zen.
If you wish to use the same controller as the console which doesn't require a Pass-Thru Auth Controller, for example a wired Xbox One controller to an Xbox One, that essentially becomes the Gaming Auth Controller, because officially licensed Xbox One controllers, wired or with USB cable, fully support both Auth & Headset. As it doesn't require a Pass-Thru Auth Controller for full functionality, simply connect it to Zen's A3 USB port and you're good to go.
When your primary gaming controller doesn't support certain features like Auth over XB1 Bluetooth, Headset over PS4 Bluetooth, or if you want to use Crossover or a Mouse & Keyboard, you need a licensed controller that matches the console connected to the A1 USB Port.
If you are using an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Xbox 360 and your Gaming Controller doesn't support Auth or Headset over Bluetooth, if you wish to use a Crossover Controller, or Mouse & Keyboard, you will need to have a Pass-Thru Auth Controller connected to Zen's A1 USB port at all times. All button and rumble outputs from any Pass-Thru Auth Controller connected to A1 are completely blocked as it is in full pass-thru mode, so it will not interfere with the primary Gaming Auth device connected to Zen's A2 or A3 USB port.
If you wish to use Any Supported Controller, or Mouse & Keyboard with a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3 or Windows PC, the Cronus Zen is able to automate the Auth process on these platforms via software emulation. Connect your preferred input device (controller, mouse, keyboard, racing wheel, keypad etc.) directly to Zen's A2 or A3 USB ports, or pair wirelessly to Zen's Bluetooth if your controller supports it, without the need for a Pass-Thru Auth Controller.
An Auth Controller always has to match the console you're using, so in this case an officially licensed Xbox One controller. These are the main reasons why the Xbox One requires an Auth Controller.
Auth is not possible over Xbox One Bluetooth
Headset Audio is not possible over Xbox One Bluetooth
Crossover on Xbox One is not possible without a wired Xbox One Auth controller
Mouse & Keyboard on Xbox One is not possible without a wired Xbox One Auth controller
Once the Cronus Zen has successfully authenticated with the Xbox One, its RGB LEDs will light up solid GREEN, the Auth Controllers Xbox button will stop flashing, and the A1 USB status LED will be solid green.
An Auth Controller always has to match the console you're using, so in this case an officially licensed wired PS4 controller. These are the main reasons why the PlayStation 4 requires a wired Auth Controller connected at all times.
Headset Audio is not possible over PS4 Bluetooth (requires wired DS4 v2 controller)
DualShock 4 Speaker is not possible over PS4 Bluetooth (requires wired DS4 v2 controller)
Crossover on PlayStation 4 is not possible without an Auth controller (disconnects after 8 minutes)
Mouse & Keyboard on PlayStation 4 is not possible without an Auth controller
Most PS4 Bluetooth controllers do have the ability to Auth wirelessly. However, many brands that support Auth including Sony, Scuf and Razer, do not support headset audio over Bluetooth. The easy solution is to connect a pass-thru PS4 Auth controller to Zen's A1 USB port, and connect your headset directly to that while gaming wirelessly over Bluetooth with your preferred controller
An Auth Controller always has to match the console you're using, so in this case an officially licensed wired Xbox 360 controller. These are the main reasons why the Xbox 360 requires an Auth Controller.
Auth is not possible over Xbox 360 wireless
Many Xbox 360 wired controllers do not support Auth
Crossover is not possible without an Xbox 360 wired Auth controller
Mouse & Keyboard is not possible without an Xbox 360 wired Auth controller
For correct Xbox 360 Authentication, an original wired Xbox 360 controller must be connected to the Zen. If you plan on gaming with this controller, connect to Zen's A3 USB port and you're good to go. If you have another preferred controller you wish to game with, connect that to A3 instead, then connect the Xbox 360 wired auth controller to Zen's A1 Pass-Thru USB port. Xbox 360 Plug and Play adapters for wireless controllers are not compatible as they only provide power, no data.
Once the Cronus Zen has successfully authenticated with the Xbox 360, its RGB LEDs will light up solid GREEN, the Auth Controllers Player LEDs will stop flashing, and Zen's A1 USB status LED is solid GREEN.