While gaming consoles don’t offer a great deal of customization when it comes to hardware and software, the theme of your gaming console is one thing that you usually have a lot of control over. Your PS4 theme is cosmetic only, but it’s a great way to show off your personality or gaming interests for others (or just for yourself).
The PS4 has been around for several years now, so there’s no shortage of PS4 themes out there to choose from today. In fact, there are several types of themes to choose from, too, from dynamic animated themes to static color schemes.
Below, we’ll go over a few of the best and most popular PS4 themes available today. It’s hard to choose just a few best ones because so many are available these days, but we hope you like the ones we’ve chosen. Since there are both free and paid themes out there, we’ll be including an assortment of both.
Keep in mind that these themes are listed in no particular order. If you see something you like, or if you have any good themes to add, let us know in the comments below!
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20Th Anniversary PlayStation Theme
If you’ve been following the PlayStation since its inception, this theme is a good option for the nostalgia factor alone. That aside, though, the 20th Anniversary Theme is adorably well-designed, and it features some nostalgic menu music, too. It’s also a dynamic theme, though it’s a simple one, so it won’t overwhelm older PS4 consoles, either.
The nice thing about the 20th Anniversary Theme is that it’s simple, low-key, and compatible with all sorts of games and options. The Anniversary Theme is all about showing your love for PlayStation games and devices!
One of the best aspects of this theme is that it’s absolutely timeless. With game-centric themes, you might feel the need to replace them after you’ve gotten your fill of the game. Not with this one! This Anniversary Theme is a great all-around theme that’s an excellent “set-and-forget” option.
Legacy Dashboard Theme
If you played any older PlayStation consoles (notably, the PlayStation 2), you’d recognize a lot of the influences in this theme. Similarly to the 20th Anniversary Theme, the Legacy Dashboard theme celebrates the dashboard and boot experiences from past generations of consoles, bringing it up-to-date with the PS4. It features sounds, graphics, and animations that hearken back to previous generations of consoles.
Like the Anniversary Theme above, the Legacy Dashboard Theme is another excellent set-it-and-forget-it theme. It’s also beautiful, and every time you hear your dashboard boot up, you’ll be taken back to days of nostalgia playing on older consoles.
Another nice thing about the Legacy Dashboard Theme is that it’s a dark theme. While the Anniversary theme is a light-colored theme that’ll look blinding in dark rooms, the Legacy Theme is not. This theme will look great both at night and during the day.
The Firewatch Theme is based on an indie game of the same name, but you don’t have to know anything about the game to enjoy the theme. This theme depicts the sun rising and setting over a picturesque mountain range, and it’s done in a stylized art style. The whole effect is like watching a repeated sunrise and sunset.
If you’re looking for a peaceful, unobtrusive theme that feels relaxing, this is an excellent choice. It comes complete with quiet music that/s reminiscent of the Firewatch game, and it’s not too bright to be unsuitable for night gaming, either (It works on a real-time day and night cycle, so at night it will be dark, and during the day it will be light).
If you’re looking for a peaceful yet stylized nature influence on your dashboard, this is an excellent option!
Alien Laser Cat Theme
Who doesn’t like cats and lasers? While there are several iterations of this theme in the store, it does the laser cat meme exceptionally well. Your background comes filled with some pleasant, upbeat music, and the theme’s sound effects are reminiscent of a laser gun being fired off (but in a good way).
All in all, if you’re a fan of cats and lasers, this is an excellent choice for you!
RiME Dynamic Theme
The RiME Dynamic Theme is another incredible free theme that works great on your dashboard! This theme was released as a bonus for preordering RiME, but it’s since been made available as a free dashboard theme, too. This theme depicts the beach that you see in the opening of RiME.
This theme has some of the most beautiful background music of any theme in this lineup, and its blocky, colorful art style is pleasant to look at, too. Even if it weren’t modeled after a game, this would be a compelling PlayStation 4 desktop theme in and of itself.
Like the Firewatch theme, this one changes throughout the day; during the day, it will be daytime on your dashboard, and at night, it will be night on your dashboard, too. This is very convenient for those who game at night since you won’t be stuck with a dark dashboard during the day, and you won’t be blinded by a light one at night!
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Shipwreck Theme
Regardless of whether you play the Uncharted games, who wouldn’t want to have a stunning shipwreck on their desktop? This theme shows a visually-beautiful shipwreck complete with sunbeams filtering through the ocean water. Fish swim by your menu, too!
To top off the look, this theme changes your menu options to little Uncharted-themed maps, and it adds in peaceful yet ominous background music. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’ve stranded yourself after a shipwreck (or if you just enjoy them), then this theme is for you.
Dark Souls III: Transitory Lands Theme
This theme from Dark Souls is surprisingly thought-provoking and peaceful. While some people might feel dizzy from the perpetual motion of the main character in this theme, the overall effect is incredibly beautiful. This is a parchment-style theme, so while you won’t see much in the way of bright colors, the animation style and drawing effects themselves are quite striking.
You don’t even have to have played Dark Souls to enjoy this theme, which is one of the reasons why we like it. The music is incredibly beautiful, too, though it’s not obtrusive, either. If you have a flair for the medieval, then you’ll enjoy this theme.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombies Celebration Theme
While dynamic themes are undeniably more interesting than static themes, we had to include at least one static option in the lineup! Some people prefer static themes because they lighten the load on your PS4, and they’re less distracting, too. This theme from Call of Duty: Black Ops III is thought-provoking and striking, and it’s a gorgeous, if macabre, art piece to feature on your dashboard.