Widget Interaction Component

Outlines how to use the Widget Interaction Component to interact with 3D Widgets.

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If you are using a Widget Component to display UI that exists in 3D in your game world and you want to allow players to interact with that widget, the Widget Interaction component provides a way for that interaction to occur.

The Widget Interaction component performs a Raycast to see if it hits a Widget Component placed in the world and if it hits one, you can set up rules to determine how to interact with it. The interaction is performed by simulating a defined key press, for example if a Button can be clicked on with the Left Mouse Button, you could tell other forms of input to simulate a Left Mouse Button click (controller button press, motion controller trigger press, etc.).

Adding a Widget Interaction Component

Typically you will want to add the Widget Interaction component to your player Pawn or Character class from the Components Window.


Above, we add and attach it to a gun our character is carrying so that where the gun points, the Widget Interaction component points.

Widget Interaction Property Reference

Once you have added a Widget Interaction component, you can adjust several properties from the Details panel to define how it functions. Aside from common component properties like Transform, Rendering, or Sockets, the properties below are specifically used with the Widget Interaction Component.




Virtual User Index

Represents the Virtual User Index. Widget Interaction Components operate by using this Virtual User Index which captures and handles focus states separately. Each Virtual User should be represented by a different Index to ensure that they will maintain separate capture and focus states. As each Widget Interaction component comes online, it informs Slate of the Virtual User Index it has been assigned and can send events as if it were a real Slate user.

Pointer Index

Each user's simulated Virtual Controller or Virtual Finger Tips should use a different Pointer Index.

Interaction Distance

The distance in game units the component should be able to interact with a widget component.

Interaction Source

Determines where we should project from and start the trace (World, Mouse, Center Screen or Custom). If you set this to Custom, you'll need to call SetCustomHitResult() and provide the result of a custom hit test from whatever location you wish.

Enable Hit Testing

Should the interaction component perform hit testing (Automatic or Custom) and attempt to simulate hover? If you were going to emulate a keyboard and the virtual keyboard is separate from the virtual pointer device, you should turn this option off and use a second interaction component for the pointer device.


Show Debug

Shows debugging lines and a hit sphere to help debug interaction.

Debug Color

Determines the color of the debug lines when Show Debug is enabled.


On Hovered Widget Changed

Called when the hovered Widget Component changes. The interaction component functions at the Slate level - so it's unable to report anything about what Widget is under the hit result.

Widget Interaction Blueprint Node Reference

The Widget Interaction component can simulate different types of input methods (such as press, release or press + release) which you can find under the Interaction section in the Blueprint Context Menu. You can also get information such as the last "hit" position registered by the Widget Interaction component or if a Widget Component in the world is currently being hovered upon.




Get Hovered Widget Component

Gets the currently hovered Widget Component.

Get Last Hit Result

Gets the last hit result generated by the component. Returns the custom hit result if that was set.

Is Over Focusable Widget

Returns true if a widget under the hit result is focusable. Slate widgets that return true for SupportsKeyboardFocus().

Is Over Hit Test Visible Widget

Returns true if a widget under the hit result has a visibility setting that makes it hit test visible. Slate widgets that return true for GetVisibility().IsHitTestVisible().

Is Over Interactable Widget

Returns true if a widget under the hit result is interactive. Slate widgets that return true for IsInteractble().

Press and Release Key

Performs both the press and release of a simulated keyboard key.

Press Key

Performs a press of a simulated keyboard key. Avoid using this for a-z|A-Z, since things like the Editable Textbox in Slate expect OnKeyChar to be called to signal a specific character being sent to the widget. For those cases, use SendKeyChar instead.

Press Pointer Key

Simulates pressing a key on the mouse/pointer. In most cases, the key supplied would be a mouse button, but any key can be used. Advanced use cases, such as sending other keys to signal widgets to take special actions, are supported.

Release Key

Releases a key as if it had been released from the keyboard.

Release Pointer Key

Simulates releasing a key on the mouse/pointer, similar to Press Pointer Key. In most cases, the key supplied would be a mouse button, but any key can be used.

Scroll Wheel

Sends a scroll wheel event to the widget under the last hit result.

Send Key Char

Transmits a list of characters to a widget by simulating an OnKeyChar event for each key listed in the string.

Set Custom Hit Result

Sets a custom hit result. This is only taken into account if the Interaction Source is set to Custom.

The properties for the Widget Interaction component can also be reterived in the form of a getter or set via setter nodes.


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