Quick Start Guide


You have your CronusMAX PLUS, and you're ready to get going! But what's with all these instructions? Way too much reading for someone who wants to be gaming instead, right?
To get the most out of your CronusMAX PLUS, you're going to have to do a little bit of reading, but don't worry, we've made it relatively easy to follow.
The CronusMAX PLUS can be as easy and as simple as you need it to be, or as complex and as advanced as you'd like it to be - it depends on what you want to get out of it. You may need a Cronus to simply use your Xbox One Elite controller on a PS4, or convert your controller into a fully modded war machine with GamePacks? or perhaps you're an advanced coder who wants to jump into the nitty-gritty world of GPC scripting?
Don't worry, we've designed this manual to cover every possible scenario, but let's start with the basics.....


Quick Start Video Guide
Thanks to GL0ZZ3N Tech Reviews for this easy to follow video
What's In The Box?
  • CronusMAX PLUS - Main device that connects between the Controller and Console/PC (A PC is any computer that is capable of running at least Microsoft Windows 7 SP1. Yes, this includes laptops and MAC's.)
  • Mini-USB Cable - Used to connect the CronusMAX PLUS to your PC for programming / updating.
  • USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter - Used for wireless communication with DualShock 4, DualShock 3, Wii U Pro and WiiMote Controllers.
  • USB Sound Card for PS4 - Used to connect headsets with a standard 3.5mm TRS/TRRS audio connector to a PS4 console (Includes both stereo audio and mic support) (Click here for more info)
  • Headset Extension Cable - Used to extend the length of a wired headset.
Other optional items available in our store:
  • Compatible USB Hub - Required for all PS4 console users (Full Time Crossover Controller Support - No 10 Minute Disconnects). Also recommended for easy automated setups on other consoles.
  • USB Power/Data Switch Cable - Essential adapter for connecting the CronusMAX PLUS to your console. Giving the ability to hard reset the CM without unplugging/plugging. Especially useful for Xbox One as even with the console turned off, there is still power going to the USB port. This allows you to do a clean reset.
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver - If you wish to use an Xbox 360 Wireless Controller on any console.
  • Xbox 360 Wired Controller - If you wish to use the CronusMAX PLUS with an Xbox 360 console (required for security verification - click here for an explanation. Note: the Play and Charge Kit cannot be used as it provides only power, no data).
  • Micro-USB Cable - Used to connect an Xbox One or DualShock 4 controller to the CronusMAX PLUS. This converts the controller to wired and bypasses the wireless. This is why the CronusMAX PLUS is used at the Call of Duty World Championships as it improves latency with DS4 controllers.
  • 10ft USB Extension Cable - Used for extending the length of wired controllers - particularly useful for Xbox One controllers.
  • 4-Pole TRRS to 3.5mm Stereo & Mic Adapter - If you have a headset with stereo and mic 3.5mm TRS jacks and a PS4 console - this will convert it to fit the USB Sound Card TRRS socket.
Download & Install Cronus PRO
Cronus PRO is the main Windows software for programming, updating and configuring your CronusMAX PLUS. It gives you access to everything from GamePacks, Button Remapping, Macro/Combo Capturing, GPC Script Development, GPC Script Sharing and so on. Cronus PRO is a very powerful tool designed for beginners through to advanced users, making every and any controller customization (rapid fire, quick scope, anti-recoil, button remap, macros, combos, etc...) within reach of everybody. Much like any new software,  there is much to learn when it comes to using Cronus PRO - but it really isn't that difficult once you get to grips with it and especially if all you are doing is using GamePacks or setting up a controller to work on a different console - there's actually not much to it at all. For now we will do a simple walk through on how to download and install - but to get to the actual Cronus PRO instructions part of the manual - click here.
OK let's begin!
2.1 Go to the downloads page of our website to get the latest version of Cronus PRO file: cronusmax.com/downloads/ and click on the DOWNLOAD button. If you have any problems with the download, disable any Anti-Virus software, including Windows Defender which is enabled by default in Windows 10. Click Here for further instructions.
Technical Note: Windows XP is no longer supported as we have moved forward with .NET 4.6 and C++ 2015 along with various updated libraries that are no longer compatible with legacy versions of Windows. The minimum versions of Windows required for Cronus PRO is Vista SP2 and 7 SP1.
If you have Windows Vista and require Service Pack 2, you can download it here.
If you have Windows 7 and require Service Pack 1, you can download the X86 here or the X64 here.
2.2 You will now be prompted to save the Cronus PRO setup zip file. You can save it to your downloads folder or wherever you chose. Note: We do use advanced encryption technology, so it's possible that in some cases, Microsoft Windows Defender, AVG and some older AV tools may flag a false positive and either display a warning or not download or run the software at all (make sure your Virus software is up to date). Do not worry, our software is 100% safe. We would recommend if you have this problem that you temporarily disable your AV tool while installing - this includes Windows Defender which is enabled by default in Windows 10. Click Here for further instructions.
2.3 For the purposes of this guide we are using Windows 10, so this is what it looks like when the file has downloaded and saved to the computer's Downloads Folder. It may look a little different for older versions of Windows, but the procedure is the same.
Software not downloading or installing? We do use advanced encryption technology, so it's possible that in some cases, Microsoft Windows Defender, AVG and some older AV tools may flag a false positive not download or run the software at all (make sure your Virus software is up to date). Do not worry, our software is 100% safe. We would recommend if you have this problem that you temporarily disable your AV tool before installing or running running - this includes Windows Defender which is enabled by default in Windows 10. Click Here for further instructions.
Before you install Cronus PRO, it is recommended that you are connected to the internet as the setup process checks for any missing system files such as DirectX and .NET Framework 4.6. If there are any files missing from your computer, the Cronus PRO setup will automatically download and install them for you.

Open up the zip file and run the setup program.
2.4 Windows 10 users may see this warning. Click 'Install anyway'.
2.5 The Cronus PRO Setup Wizard will now begin. Click Next.
2.6 Select the name of the Start Menu folder, the default is 'CronusPRO' but you can edit it to be whatever you like - click the Install button.
2.7 Cronus PRO will now install. It will also scan your computer for any missing system files such as the latest DirectX, .NET Framework 4.6 and Visual C++ 2015, and will download and install them automatically for you.
2.8 That's it! Wasn't that easy? Click the Finish button to close the setup wizard.
You can now run Cronus PRO by clicking on the icon in the Start Menu or on your desktop.
2.9 Cronus PRO in all it's glory. Pay attention to the bottom left of the software and where it says 'Device Disconnected' (This is area is known as the Status Bar). Now let's go to Step 3 of this Quick Start Guide and connect the CronusMAX PLUS device to your PC.
Connect CronusMAX PLUS To The PC
3.1 Using the provided Mini-USB Cable, you're now going to hookup the CronusMAX PLUS to your PC. Connect the smaller end of the USB cable (known as Mini-B) into the PC PROG Port of the CronusMAX PLUS and then connect the other end into a USB 2.0 socket of your PC. Make sure the connect is direct and not via a USB Hub or the CronusMAX will not recognize correctly as it needs a clean connection and power source (the LED may flicker or flash the letter P).
We recommend that the USB port should be a USB 2.0 or lower speed. Many USB 3.0 ports do not work with CronusMAX PLUS as they are not fully backwards compatible to USB 2.0. You can usually distinguish between the two on a PC because USB 3.0 ports are sometimes blue in color.
If Cronus PRO still says 'Device Disconnected' go to Step #1 of the Troubleshooting Guide.
Updating The CronusMAX PLUS Firmware
4.1 If everything is working and detecting OK, the Cronus Pro Status Bar will now display 'Device Connected CronusMAX PLUS FW v1.00'. You will also notice a gray USB Hub logo.
If your CronusMAX PLUS has a firmware that is not compatible with Cronus PRO (assuming you have installed the latest version), you will see the following pop up warning. Click OK to launch the Firmware Update Wizard.
This step is critical as it includes the newest features and bug fixes. Everything in this guide assumes that you are using the latest firmware; it's also a step that many miss and wonder why certain features aren't working after scratching their heads for two hours. Another reason why this step is essential is that it will validate that everything is working correctly between your computer and the CronusMAX PLUS.
Note: To update the firmware you must be connected to the internet.
4.2 The latest version will display (For the purposes of this guide the latest version is 1.21). Click Next.
4.3 The firmware will now download from the internet. If the download is successful you will see the following screen. Click Next.
4.4 DO NOT REMOVE THE DEVICE WHILE PROGRAMMING! If the programming of the CronusMAX PLUS is successful, and it only takes around 5 seconds, you will see the following screen. Click Finish.
4.5 The Cronus PRO Status Bar should now read 'Device Connected CronusMAX Plus FW v1.21'. You will also notice that the USB Hub logo is now color. This means that your CronusMAX PLUS hardware is USB Hub compatible. If it says version 1.21 but the USB Hub logo is still gray, then you have an older CronusMAX that is not USB Hub compatible and you won't be able to use features such as PS4 Full Crossover Support and PS4 Wheel Edition Mode.
You're now ready to start setting up your controller!
Find The Correct Controller/Console Guide
We have made the navigation of the guide easy when it comes to Controllers. Go to the Controller Guides section, select your controller then select the console you wish to connect it to - it's that simple! Here are some easy quick-link shortcuts to the various guides.
I Want To Use A Keyboard & Mouse - Now What?
Using a Keyboard and Mouse with the CronusMAX PLUS takes a little more setting up and fine tuning. It also requires a Windows PC to be connected at all times to your console as a Cronus PRO Plugin called X-AIM is required.
Click Here for instructions on how to setup a Keyboard & Mouse.
I Want To Use A Steering Wheel- Now What?
CronusMAX PLUS supports Logitech DFGT/DFP/G25/G27 and most Fanatec Racing Wheels on a PS4 with full force feedback support with the special PS4 Wheel Edition Mode.
This brand new and exclusive feature is for users with a PS4 console and a Logitech DFGT/DFP/G25/G27 and most Fanatec Racing Wheels. The wheel is now detected by the game as an actual wheel and not a gamepad (specifically a Logitech G29 Wheel), giving tight, smooth, precise control and for the first time ever FORCE FEEDBACK SUPPORT! It also includes full support for gas, brake and clutch pedals and also the 6 Speed Shifter without the need for any special scripts and without the need for a computer to be connected to the console. Click here for instructions.
This stunning new feature requires Cronus PRO v1.20 software and for the CronusMAX PLUS to be updated to at least Firmware v1.24 and a compatible USB Hub.
For more advanced wheel support, including support for the Xbox One and many Thrustmaster wheels and many, many accessories, we recommend another product that we developed called DriveHub - available to buy in our store now.
Important Things To Read
In a perfect world, we'd ask that you read all of the instructions and remember and understand every word, but let's be honest; you want to game. Don't worry; we get it. However, we promise that every single question you have is in these pages - and if you follow this Quick Start page carefully you'll be surprised by how far you'll get in a short space of time.
You don't need to read all of it, only a couple of pages in the Controllers section will apply to your setup, you may only use 3 or 4 GamePacks, so there's no need to read all 170+.
We want you to get the very best experience from your CronusMAX PLUS, and by investing a little time in getting to know how it works, that's exactly what you'll have. A great experience.
Here's our Top 8 Must-Read Parts of the Manual:
  • Limitations - This tells you everything the CronusMAX PLUS can't do.
  • Getting to know your CronusMAX PLUS - Tells you everything about the hardware itself.
  • LED Display - All the different LED Codes and meanings, very important, particularly for error codes.
  • List of Compatible Headsets - Tells you which headsets work with the CronusMAX PLUS and various other solutions for headsets.
  • Cronus PRO Instructions - This is the entire Guide for Cronus PRO. Don't be alarmed, it's a pretty quick guide but digest it and you'll have everything you need to know.
  • Cronus PRO Plugins - This is an important section if you wish to try out the different plugins that Cronus PRO offers.
  • GamePacks - You may have bought this device not even knowing what GamePacks are - take a look here and you may be blown away (or your enemies online will be!) Be sure to read the instructions specific to the GamePack that you want to use. Programming and setting up a GamePack is easy with the Cronus PRO software, it's simply drag and drop. Be sure to use the GamePack Support Forums if you require any assistance.
  • GPC Language Instructions - This is for those that are interested in scripting and coding only. If you are terrified of this sort of thing simply stay away from this section - you never have to read it or worry about it ever again. Join the Cronus Community and they will be happy to create scripts for you or you can download pre-made scripts from the thousands to choose from in our GPC Library.
Other Support Resources
We take customer support at Cronus very seriously. We want to make sure you have a great experience and that you are happy with your purchase, so work hard to make deliver an extensive support network:
  • CronusMAX.com - Our main Website is packed with information about the CronusMAX PLUS product - along with the latest news and updates.
  • CronusMAX FAQ - This is a Frequently Asked Questions list - very useful.
  • CronusMAX Troubleshooting - Everything you need to know if you come across a problem with your CronusMAX PLUS.
  • Cronus Community - This is a really great community with over 100,000 members. If you need support or advice on anything from beginners level to advanced, we highly recommend you sign up for a free membership - you will get the maximum enjoyment from your CronusMAX by being part of the community.
  • CronusMAX YouTube Channel - We have dozens of videos which are either step by step guides or demonstrations of features.
  • CronusMAX Facebook Page - Latest news, updates and competitions
  • CronusMAX Twitter Page - Latest news, updates and competitions
  • CronusMAX Official Store - You may be reading this and haven't bought a CronusMAX PLUS yet - this is where to get it from.
  • Contact Us - You can contact us directly by using this form.
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