In a recent, unannounced move, Sony has effectively blocked the use of the Cronus Zen device on PlayStation 5 consoles through its latest firmware update. This decision has significant implications for users of the device, which has been a subject of debate in the gaming community.
The Cronus Zen Controversy
Cronus Zen, developed to allow players to connect various controllers, mice, keyboards, or racing wheels to major gaming console platforms, also offers an advanced scripting engine for running powerful macros.
This feature, while increasing the device’s versatility, has stirred controversy, particularly among online shooter games like ‘Call of Duty’. The device’s ability to modify controller inputs has raised concerns about fairness and competitive integrity in gaming.
Sony’s latest firmware update for the PS5, rolled out without an official announcement regarding the change, has rendered the Cronus Zen incompatible. Following the update, many Cronus Zen users reported disconnection issues when attempting to use the device with their PS5 consoles. This development has been a significant setback for users who relied on the device for its controller adaptability and customization features.
Cronus’ Reaction and Advice to Users
Cronus, taken aback by Sony’s firmware update, issued a statement acknowledging the issue. They noted that as of January 24, following the console’s prompt to update to Version: 24.01-08.60.00, the Zen device would no longer connect to the PS5 without disconnecting.
Cronus was candid in admitting its unawareness of the update and uncertainty regarding the timeframe to resolve this compatibility issue. They even suggested that it could take anywhere from 24 hours to 24 months to find a fix.
As a temporary solution, Cronus advised users to either skip the PS5 update to maintain the device’s functionality or utilize a ‘remote play workaround’. The company also committed to keeping users informed with updates as more information becomes available.
This move by Sony represents a significant step in addressing concerns around the use of third-party devices like Cronus Zen, which can alter gameplay dynamics. It underscores the ongoing challenges in balancing the needs and preferences of diverse gamers with the integrity of the gaming experience. As the situation evolves, both Cronus and its user base are left to navigate the complexities of adapting to these new constraints imposed by console manufacturers.