PlayStation 5

Cronus Zen supports all versions of the PlayStation 5 console (requires 3rd party ps4 controller). Connect your favorite Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and Wii controllers - inc. Mouse & Keyboard support!
PlayStation 5

Requirements:

Using Cronus Zen with a PlayStation 5 requires a Cronus Zen PS5 Dongle or a PS4 third-party licensed controller to act as a security license donor, otherwise the controller will disconnect while playing PS5 Games. We call this a Speciality Controller (see below for the current list).

Note: Just like the PS4 has always required an Auth controller, the PS5 will always require the PS5 Dongle or a Speciality Controller to authenticate, otherwise your gaming controller will disconnect randomly every 8-10 minutes. This isn't new - it does this with the PS4 also, and thankfully the solution works with zero disconnections😀

Important: Rumble support varies from game to game. Some GamePack features like Weapon AI mode will not work with any game that has no rumble. Check GamePack instructions for more information.

Step 1: Update Firmware

Update to the latest firmware, currently 2.0.9 Click Here 👈 for instructions🗒

Step 2: Update Zen Studio

Update Zen Studio to the latest version, currently 1.0.10 Click Here 👈 to download💾

Step 3: Enable PS4 Speciality Emulation Mode

The Cronus Zen PS5 Dongle or compatible third-party licensed PS4 controller is required to support Cronus Zen with PS5 games - we've added a large range of supported controllers which will allow you to use all Cronus Zen functionality, including your favorite PS5/Xbox Series X|S/PS4/Xbox One controllers, GamePacks and Scripts with PS5/PS4 games without any timeouts or disconnections.

In Zen Studio, navigate to the Device Tab and select 'Enable PS4 Speciality'. You will be prompted to power cycle your Zen for the setting to take effect (simply unplug all USB cables from the Zen and then reconnect).

If PS4 Speciality is not staying enabled after the power cycle, simply try again. You will know if it isn't enabled and working correctly, the PS5 will recognize that the controller is connected but will not function.

Set the Emulator Output Protocol to Auto.

Step 4: PS5 Settings

Delete any paired controllers. This is VERY important or your controller will be connected directly to the console and not through the Zen. (Tip: Check if this controller needs to be deleted again after you have connect it to the Zen).

PS5 Settings 👉 Accessories 👉 General 👉 Bluetooth Accessories 👉 Delete Wireless Controller

Set Controller Power saving to 'Don't Turn Off'. This will avoid any unintended disconnections.

PS5 Settings 👉 System 👉 Power Saving 👉 Set Time Until Controllers Turn Off 👉 Don't Turn Off

Set Communication method to Use 'USB Cable'. The Zen is ALWAYS connected via USB Cable. Your controllers connect wirelessly to the Zen, not the console. The Zen is where the magic happens😁

PS5 Settings 👉 Accessories 👉 Controllers 👉 Communication Method 👉 Use USB Cable

Now follow the instructions for using either the PS5 Dongle or a Speciality Controller.....

Step 5: Choose the Speciality Method

You now need to select what device you are using for the PS4 Speciality Mode which will allow you to play PS5 Games with your favorite controller and mods without any disconnections. You have two options:

PS5 Dongle

Wired Controllers

These instructions will work with supported controller from PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Headset support is available to most wired controllers (DualShock 4 must be the v2 model). Please be aware that some scripts that have a heavy CPU load my affect audio performance.

  1. Turn on the PS5 and connect Cronus Zen

  2. Connect the PS5 Dongle to the A3 USB Port

  3. Connect the wired controller to the A2 USB port

  4. The Cronus Zen RGB LEDs will change to Blue and you are ready to use your controller.

Bluetooth Controllers

These instructions will work with supported Bluetooth controller from PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Nintendo Wii.

Headset support is not available to Bluetooth controllers. The simple solution is to use a wireless headset that connects directly to the console.

  1. Turn on the PS5 and connect Cronus Zen

  2. Connect the PS5 Dongle to the A3 USB Port

  3. Press the Bluetooth pairing button on the Zen and put your controller into pairing mode

  4. The Cronus Zen RGB LEDs will change to Blue and you are ready to use your controller.

Mouse & Keyboard

These instructions will work with supported mouse and keyboard.

Headset support is not available to Mouse & Keyboard. The simple solution is to use a wireless headset that connects directly to the console.

  1. Turn on the PS5 and connect Cronus Zen

  2. Connect the PS5 Dongle to the A1 USB Port

  3. Connect the Mouse to the A3 USB port and configure

  4. Connect the Keyboard to the A2 USB port and configure

  5. The Cronus Zen RGB LEDs will change to Blue and you are ready to use your Mouse & Keyboard

PS4 Third-Party Licensed Controller

If you have a PS4 third-party licensed controller, you can use that instead of having to purchase the PS5 Dongle. This is still needed even if you wish to play with a PS5 DualSense Controller or a PS4 DualShock 4 Controller. There are different USB port configurations depending which controller you are using and if you wish to use a headset connected to it or not, so be sure to read carefully because our social channels are filled with gamers who don't read this part and wonder why their controller is disconnecting or why their audio isn't working.....

Using a PS5 DualSense Controller

🎮To play PS4/PS5 games with a PS5 DualSense controller, and you're using a PS4 Speciality controller to donate its license, the speciality donor controller connects to Zen's A1 USB Port, and the PS5 DualSense Controller connects to A3 (or you can pair the PS5 DualSense Controller to the Zen via Bluetooth).

🎧 If you wish to connect a wired Headset to the DualSense Controller, the PS4 Speciality donor controller connects to A2 instead of A1 and the DualSense controller must be wired to A3.

Many wireless headsets will work perfectly fine if they connect to the console and not the controller. For example the PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset works great - simply connect its wireless dongle directly to the PS5 (not the Zen) and then setup your Zen as normal (PS4 Speciality donor controller to A1 and DS5 to A3 or Bluetooth)🙂

Using a PS4 DualShock 4 Controller

🎮To play PS4/PS5 games with a DualShock 4 controller, and you're using a PS4 Speciality controller to donate its license, the speciality donor controller connects to Zen's A1 USB Port, and the PS4 DualShock 4 Controller connects to A3 (or you can pair the DS4 to the Zen via Bluetooth).

🎧 If you wish to connect a wired Headset to the DualShock 4 Controller, the PS4 Speciality donor controller connects to A2 instead of A1 and the DualShock 4 controller must be model CUH-ZCT2 (DS4v2) and wired to A1.

Only a wired DUALSHOCK 4 model CUH-ZCT2 (DS4v2) supports headset audio & the DS4 speaker.

Many wireless headsets will work perfectly fine if they connect to the console and not the controller. For example the PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset works great - simply connect its wireless dongle directly to the PS5 (not the Zen) and then setup your Zen as normal (PS4 Speciality donor controller to A1 and DS4 to A3 or Bluetooth)🙂

Scuf Impact and Scuf Infinity4PS Pro are modified DS4 controllers so will NOT work as a Speciality controller. If you use a controller that is not a compatible third-party licensed controller, you will disconnect every 8-10 minutes.

Supported Speciality Controllers

This is a list of known controllers that are compatible with the PS4 Speciality Mode (support for PS5 Games). Most third-party licensed PS4 controllers should be supported including Arcade Sticks, Wheels, Fighting Pads etc.) so yours may work even if it is not listed here. You'll know if it doesn't work or not setup correctly. It will either not work at all or disconnect every 8-10 minutes.

If you are gaming with this controller, make sure it is connected to A3.

Name

Connection

Headset

PS5 Games

Astro C40 TR

USB/WIRELESS

YES

YES

Horipad 4 FPS

USB Only

TBC

YES

Horipad FPS Plus

USB Only

TBC

YES

Hori Fighting Stick Mini 4

USB Only

NO

YES

Hori PS4 Mini-Pad

USB Only

NO

YES

Mad Catz Street Fighter V Arcade FightStick TE2+

USB Only

TBC

YES

Nacon Compact Wired Controller

USB Only

TBC

YES

Nacon Revolution Pro v1

USB Only

TBC

YES

Nacon Revolution Pro v2

USB Only

TBC

YES

Nacon Revolution Pro v3

USB Only

TBC

YES

Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro

USB Only

TBC

YES

Razer Raiju Tournament Edition

USB/BT

TBC

YES

Razer Raiju Ultimate

USB/BT

TBC

YES

Scuf Vantage

USB/BT

TBC

YES

Scuf Vantage 2

USB/BT

NO

YES

Scuf Vantage 2 (Wired Only Version)

USB Only

NO

YES

TBC = To Be Confirmed (Let us know if you have tested this as working or not)

USB = Wired Controller or wireless controller with USB Cable BLUETOOTH = Connects to Cronus Zen via Bluetooth WIRELESS = Custom wireless adapter that comes with the controller

PS5 DualSense controllers do not support Headsets over Bluetooth, but audio works when the controller is connected via USB.

Scuf Impact and Scuf Infinity4PS Pro are actually modded original Sony DualShock 4 controllers so is not classed as a third-party licensed controller. This will not work as a PS4 Speciality Controller and will disconnect every 8-10 minutes of you try to use without a donor controller.

Limitations

There are a small number of limitations with PlayStation 5 support. This list will be updated whenever there is a change.

  • The Cronus Zen PS5 Dongle or a compatible third-party licensed PS4 donor controller is required for PS5 game support.

  • Rumble support varies from game to game (example: Cold War no rumble, Dirt 5 rumble works fine)

Important Note: There are many third party brand controllers that are built on the DualShock 4 body. The most common examples are Scuf Infinity4PS Pro and Scuf Impact. These will detect as an original licensed Sony DualShock 4 and will disconnect every 8-10 minutes if you don't use the Cronus Zen PS5 Dongle or Speciality Controller.

Legal

  • "PlayStation", "PS5", "PS4", "DUALSENSE", and "DUALSHOCK" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

  • "SONY" is a registered trademark or trademark of Sony Corporation.

  • Other system and product names are generally trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.