I'm trying to play Dark Souls 3 on my PC and my controller is not detected at all. My controller is able to navigate Steam's Big Picture mode just fine, so I don't think this is a problem with my controller or the receiver. It works in other games as well. What can I do?

  • Dumb question -Have you got the latest drivers?
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2016 at 0:05
  • I do, it turns out the answer was something else
    – two bugs
    Apr 12, 2016 at 0:08
  • It's always the simple things :)
    – Ben
    Apr 12, 2016 at 0:10
  • This problem is the same in every souls title... how can it be so hard to fix?
    – F.P
    Apr 12, 2016 at 14:51
  • This actually happens in several different games. It's not a souls-only problem. It probably just results from developer naivete.
    – two bugs
    Apr 12, 2016 at 14:54

2 Answers 2


The game does not handle multiple controllers well, so another plugged in controller may be taking priority.

Make sure you unplug any other controllers/usb devices, like flight sticks, joysticks, USB cameras, USB keyboards, then restart the game.

  • Or anything that identifies as a "joystick", e.g. a G13 keypad...
    – F.P
    Apr 12, 2016 at 14:51
  • or USB Camera!!!
    – Andrei
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:44

I was able to fix this by:

Going to Big picture mode > settings (cog icon) > controller settings > untick all except "guide button focuses steam"

Start the game and it works flawlessly.

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