How to Use a PS4 Controller on Xbox One

Yes, you can make both play nicely together

What to Know

  • Use the CronusMAX PLUS adapter.
  • To keep the devices connected, disable Bluetooth searching.

Here's how you can play with a PS4 controller on Xbox One.

PS4 controller connected via wire and adaptor to Xbox
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How to Use PS4 Controller on Xbox One

To connect a PS4 controller to the Xbox One, use the CronusMAX PLUS adapter, which is one of the more reliable ways to pair the controller and console.

  1. Plug the CronusMAX PLUS into your internet-connected PC and it will automatically install the drivers.

  2. After the CronusMAX PLUS is loaded onto the PC, load the Cronus PRO application and select Tools > Options > Device.

  3. Set the output protocol to Xbox One, shown as XB1 in the drop-down list at the top of the menu.

    Set up the CronusMAX PLUS
  4. Make sure the Enable Dualshock 4/Wiimote Bluetooth searching box is checked.

  5. Remove the CronusMAX PLUS from your PC and plug it into one of your Xbox One via the USB port. Once you've done so, the CronusMAX PLUS will begin to show "AU" on its LED display for "Authentication."

  6. Remove the batteries from your Xbox One controller. If any Xbox One controllers are connected to the console, their signal can overwrite the PS4 controller.

  7. Once the number appears on the CronusMAX PLUS, disconnect the Xbox One controller and look for the standby animation. This will look like two halves of a circle spinning around the display.

  8. Connect your Xbox One controller to the CronusMAX PLUS using a USB cable. The display on the adapter should switch from "AU" to "0."

  9. Connect a Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter to the CronusMAX PLUS.

  10. Hold down the SHARE and PS buttons on your PS4 controller.

  11. The controller will begin to flash white, indicating it's searching for a connection; it should find the CronusMAX PLUS. After a few seconds of this, the light bar should change to a solid color.

  12. Look for the number on the CronusMAX PLUS to change to "0" again. Once this happens, the controller should be connected and ready to use.

How to Disable Bluetooth Searching

If you intend to use your PS4 controller with your Xbox One from now on and don't want to go through this process again in the future, you can disable Bluetooth searching so the device stays connected. Disabling Bluetooth searching makes subsequent connections easier so you can start gaming faster. Here's how to disable it:

  1. Plug the CronusMAX PLUS into your PC and access Cronus PRO.

  2. Make sure the Enable Dualshock 4/Wiimote Bluetooth searching box is not checked.

  3. Repeat steps 5-9 from the above section.

  4. Press the PS button on the PS4 controller.

  5. Follow steps 11 and 12. At this point, your PlayStation 4 controller should connect to the Xbox One.

  • How do I use an Xbox One controller on my PS4?

    You can use an adapter like the CronusMAX to connect an Xbox One controller to your PS4. Alternatively, use the PlayStation Remote Play app to play PS4 on your PC with an Xbox controller.

  • How do I use my PS4 controller on my Xbox One without CronusMAX?

    There are other adapters for connecting your PS4 controller to an Xbox One like the Brook Super Converter. The CronusMAX is best because can be used with various controllers on different consoles.

  • How do I use a PS4 controller on my Xbox Series X or S?

    You can’t use a PS4 controller on your Xbox Series X or S. However, you can play Xbox Series X/S games with a PS4 controller using the Xbox Game Pass game streaming service. You can also download Xbox games on your PC and play them with your PS4 controller.

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