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Sorry, You Won't Be Able to Change Your PS4's Background

Posted by Sammy Barker

Not yet, anyway

Toss aside your favourite corn-on-the-cob dynamic theme, as the PlayStation 4 will not allow you to customise console’s hub screen out of the box. Sony Worldwide Studios president – and pillar of online knowledge – Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the tidbit on Twitter, responding to a couple of fan requests in his famously direct manner.

“On the PS4, can you use any picture as your wallpaper?” asked one inquisitive user. “No,” replied the likeable executive. “Can we change our backgrounds on the PS4?” quizzed another curious consumer. “No,” responded the high-ranking tower of knowledge once again. It’s not yet clear whether you’ll be able to change the interface’s colour, but it seems likely.

To be honest, we reckon that this is all functionality that will get patched in somewhere down the line. After all, the platform holder’s current generation console lacked dynamic themes at launch, but they were added after a couple of years. Like avatars, we doubt that these are making much money in the PlayStation Store – but they're probably pulling in enough for the feature, alongside custom wallpapers, to be on a firmware team’s checklist.

[via twitter.com, twitter.com, neogaf.com]

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User Comments (15)

dudeware

#1

dudeware said:

Cool, I never changed my background or dynamic theme on my PS3 I only changed the colour so this doesn't affect me

dudeware

#4

dudeware said:

@Ali247 yes you can change your avatar just not the background of the Dynamic menu....read the article first

Munkyknuts

#6

Munkyknuts said:

I use the dynamic themes, I like the personalisation. It's not a major feature but I'd like to do the same on the PS4. I've used the same avatar for years ( origami butterfly from heavy rain) but I switch between different themes and backgrounds.....usually calming/relaxing/tranquil ones. They might not generate a lot of cash but it also doesn't hurt to have the option available so hopefully it will get patched in sometime in the future.

Gamer83

#8

Gamer83 said:

I bought a couple themes and got a bunch of others free from pre-orders or whatever. I definitely like the idea and would love to see it return but I'm not surprised it won't be available at launch. I don't think X1 has it either.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

My favorite part about dynamic themes is the motion gets your attention, so its easily obvious whose account the system is on - the 4 members of my household each have our own - my oldest son has the life-like zebra one, still the most realistic one theyve ever done eith its sense of depth, my wife has boring dragon, my youngest son had Start yhe Party guy, and I have some weird spinning earth thing. Very easy to know.

So what would we do on the PS4?

Madd_Hatter401

#10

Madd_Hatter401 said:

I have a awesome skyline pic of providence RI on my PS3 background so yea I love customizable backgrounds. That said as long as the system delivers awesome graphics and deep gameplay, I could care less!!!

DoublezZ01

#14

DoublezZ01 said:

Dang , gotta lot of gundam pics i would have liked to use, but then gain, the royal blue background seems a bit more life to it, then the stock background on PS3 did,.. im ok with it especially since the menus will be super busy anyway! Hope the ad in a patch for wallpapers down the road! =)

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