I have an Xbox 360 controller for PC. I launched the game Dark Souls, and when I was asked to enter my character name, nothing would happen. The keyboard overlay didn't appear and I had to use my keyboard.

How do you enable the keyboard overlay in PC games when using an Xbox 360 controller?

  • pretty sure you can't...its still a computer game after all. Unless it has full controller support its not going to have the on screen keyboard. Even then...its still a computer game.
    – Dupree3
    Mar 20, 2014 at 20:31
  • 3
    The xbox keyboard overlay is a system function that the game calls, which is why PS3 and Xbox keyboard overlays are different (duh). PC does not have a need for such a function, thus doesn't have a keyboard overlay to call.
    – Elise
    Mar 20, 2014 at 20:35
  • Is it possible to create a shortcut on the controller to open the PC keyboard overlay?
    – Taz
    Mar 20, 2014 at 21:10

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Dark Souls only comes with Partial Controller Support on Steam. You'll have to use your keyboard to enter text in game.

Steam has information about this support on their Big Picture mode FAQ page:

Controller Support levels:

Any Steam game can be played while in Big Picture mode, though not all Steam games support the use of a controller. Currently, Big Picture supports the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, the Xbox 360 Wired Controller, and the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710. To determine whether a game is controller-enabled, please refer to the following tags:

Full Support

Titles marked with “Full Controller Support” indicate that they can be downloaded, launched and played using only a controller. These titles do not require a mouse or keyboard on hand for any configuration or in-game setup.

Partial Support

Titles marked with “Partial Controller Support” indicate that mouse and keyboard may be required from time to time. A controller may be used while in game, however installation, configuration and overall user interface may only be optimized for mouse and keyboard.

Non-Steam Games

The above information is only for Steam games, non-Steam games may react differently again, and will completely depend on the developers including the feature in their game.

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