PlayStation 5

Support for the new PlayStation 5 console is now available!

Page Last Updated: Jan 8 2021

PlayStation 5

Support for the PlayStation 5 is brand new and only recently out of beta. Where we have worked hard to make sure every bug has been resolved, it's possible you may find an issue. If that happens, please provide as much feedback as possible in the Cronus Community so we can eliminate bugs and improve performance ๐Ÿ™‚

Requirements:

  • Cronus Zen Firmware Version: 2.0.9

  • Zen Studio Version: 1.0.9

  • If gaming with a DS4 or DS5 you will need a Speciality Controller (We recommend the HORI PS4 Mini-Pad)

PS5 support requires a specific third-party licensed PS4 controller to act as a 'donor' which we call the Speciality Controller. This controller can be used for gaming (no PS5 Auth controller required like with the PS4), or as a security license donor so you are able to play PS5/PS4 games using a Cronus Zen and your favorite controller, including the new DualSense Controller (DS5), the Sony DualShock 4 Controller (DS4) and most licensed Xbox Controllers - see below for the current list of known 'Speciality Controllers'.

HORI PS4 Mini-Pad (Recommended Speciality Controller)

Note: Rumble support varies from game to game. Some GamePack features like Weapon AI mode will not work with any game that has no rumble.

Note 2: PS4 games will support a DS4 without the use of a donor controller. However as many newer titles are being upgraded to the PS5 version, we recommend you use a Hori PS4 Mini Pad as the donor controller so you can be sure that the DS4 will work in every game.

Step 1: Update Firmware

Update to the latest Beta Firmware, or if there is no beta available use the latest release (Currently 2.0.9) Click Here ๐Ÿ‘ˆ for instructions๐Ÿ—’

Step 2: Update Zen Studio

Update Zen Studio to the latest version (Currently 1.0.9) Click Here ๐Ÿ‘ˆ to download๐Ÿ’พ

Step 3: Enable PS4 Speciality Emulation Mode

A compatible third-party licensed PS4 controller is required to support Cronus Zen with PS5 games - we've added a huge range of supported controllers - from the expensive $299 Logitech G29 Wheel, to the cheap $29.99 Hori PS4 Mini-Pad. This 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!

Some GamePack features like Weapon AI will not work when rumble is not supported by the game.

Select the Device Tab and enable the new "PS4 Speciality" Emulation Mode. You will be prompted to power cycle your Zen for the setting to take effect (simply unplug all USB cables from the Zen then reconnect the Mini-USB cable to the PROG USB port).

If PS4 Speciality is not enabling after the power cycle, either the power cycle was not done correctly (when unplugging the mini-usb cable there must be no other cables connected) or Zen Studio temp folder is corrupted and needs restoring.

Please test and give feedback to the Cronus Zen Community.

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. Please let us know if your controller works so we can add it to the list below (You'll know if it doesn't work, it will either not work at all or disconnect every 8-10 minutes).

โ€‹โ€‹Support for PlayStation 5 requires a third-party Licensed PlayStation 4 controller to "donate" its license. We call these Speciality Controllers.

You can either game with this controller or use it as a donor controller to support a Sony DualShock 4 (DS4) or Sony DualSense (DS5).

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 **RECOMMENDED**

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.

Official Sony Controllers

PS5 DualSense Controller

โ€‹๐ŸŽฎTo play PS4/PS5 games with a PS5 DualSense controller, you will need 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 DS5 to the Zen via Bluetooth).

โ€‹๐ŸŽง 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 (Bluetooth Audio not supported).

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)๐Ÿ™‚

PS4 DualShock 4 Controller

โ€‹๐ŸŽฎTo play PS4/PS5 games with a DualShock 4 controller, you will need 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).

โ€‹๐ŸŽง 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 (Bluetooth Audio not supported).

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)๐Ÿ™‚

Scuf Impact and Scuf Infinity4PS Pro are modified DS4 controllers so will NOT work as a Speciality controller - it will disconnect every 8-10 minutes. You must use a Speciality Controller such as the HORI PS4 Mini-Pad.

Disable PS5 Bluetooth

A feature that the PS5 introduces is that you can switch your DS5 controller from using Bluetooth to Wired USB. This is also recommended for a wired DS4 controller - even though it tells you that the DualShock 4 will only work with Bluetooth, that is only if you are connecting directly to the console without using a Zen. When using Bluetooth you are pairing to the Cronus Zen, not the console - and the Cronus Zen is ALWAYS wired by USB to the console.

How to Switch PS5 DualSense to Wired USB Connection:

PS5 Settings ๐Ÿ‘‰ Accessories ๐Ÿ‘‰ Controllers ๐Ÿ‘‰ Communication Method ๐Ÿ‘‰ Use USB Cable

Why use Wired PS5 DualSense Controller?

This reduces the input lag (ping). The bluetooth (wireless) option puts you at a disadvantage in online games because it takes the controller a few milliseconds longer to communicate your button presses to the PS5 console. When you add this up with the ping from online games and the input lag of your TV this can result in over 200ms input lag total. Using a wired connection is far more stable.

This is also one of the reasons why at tournaments you wouldnโ€™t see professional Esport players use bluetooth, because itโ€™s too slow and a disadvantage in competitive gaming. As another benefit, using the wired option means your battery will never run out in the middle of a match. If your PS5 is far away from where youโ€™re sitting or thereโ€™s anything in between that obscures the line of sight, or you have many other wireless signals overlapping each other, it can result in the bluetooth controller having multiple seconds input delay at random or even disconnecting with full battery. If you experience any massive controller input delay be sure to use the USB connection instead to fix it.

Limitations

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

  • A compatible third-party licensed PS4 donor controller is required for PS5 game support (We recommend the HORI PS4 Mini-Pad)

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

  • PS5 DualSense (DS5) controllers require a License Donor Controller (HORI Mini-Pad)

  • PS4 DualShock 4 (DS4) controllers require a License Donor Controller (HORI Mini-Pad)

  • All Xbox controllers require require a License Donor Controller (HORI Mini-Pad)

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 a speciality donor controller such as the HORI PS4 Mini-Pad.

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.