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Ok, so you’ve got all the best PS4 games. You’ve got your shiny gaming TV, and you’ve signed up to Netflix and every other multimedia service PlayStation has to offer. What else do you need? What’s the cherry on top? Ah yes, a stylish dynamic theme for your home screen – something to entertain, relax, or amuse you as you flick between menus and manage your console. Trouble is, you’ve already spent all your money on games and TV packages, so you don’t want to pay extra for a fancy wallpaper. Don’t worry – there are some brilliant free dynamic themes for PS4, and the best of them are right here…

Oddworld: New’n’Tasty

Oddworld games have real PlayStation heritage, and Abe’s Oddysee was one of the highlights of the PSone era. New’n’Tasty brings that back for PS4, but if you don’t fancy actually playing it and just want to see some Mudakons larking about… this theme is for you. You’ll see Abe himself staring at you from the top menu, and he’ll even pop up to wash your screen occasionally. 

Download it from the PS Store here.

Tearaway Unfolded: Gopher Show

File this one under ‘So cute, you’ll probably vomit every time you switch on your PS4’. This Tearaway Unfolded gopher show features all the lovely vibrant crafts from the game, and – as the name suggests – features a mini show performed by the game’s adorable gophers.

Download it from the PS Store here.

Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

Ok, this one isn’t as sublimely animated as Tearaway or Abe’s Oddysee, but it’s still a lovely theme nonetheless. This one is all about atmosphere, with the moonlit cavern from the game slowly dripping water as the game’s gentle soundtrack plays in the background. It’s one of the most relaxing themes on the Store.

Download it from the PS Store here.

Toy Robot

This one isn’t associated with any specific game, but it’s well worth a look. There’s a PlayStation-ified robot, with DualShock buttons for eyes, cheekily sat in the right-hand corner. He doesn’t move much, but when the robot fidgets or messes about it’s a delightful little sight.

Download it from the PS Store here.

Dishonored 2 – Corvo and Emily

Arkane’s offering doesn’t do anything particularly special, but there’s no denying it features a lovely piece of art. The blue flame in Emily’s hand flickers and burns as you navigate menus, as Corvo sits silently judging the fact you still haven’t played that digital copy of Mirror’s Edge 2 that you bought in the sale 6 months ago.

Download it from the PS Store here.

Human Fall Flat

File this theme under ‘does exactly what it says in the description’. While the fonts and icons this applies to your dashboard are a little… comic sans… the highlight here is a small chap who occasionally tumbles through your screen. It’s kinda funny, and the piano music that plays in the background is surprisingly soothing.

Various movie themes

There are a bunch of themes still on the PS Store that were used to promote movies. Most of them – while decent pieces of art – are proper stinkers. Batman vs Superman? Suicide Squad anyone? The highlight is the Ghostbusters theme, which not only shows the colourful promo artwork, but also gives you close-ups of ECTO1 as you shift through the menus.

Download it from the PS Store here.



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