PlayStation 4 doesn’t support custom wallpapers
posted on 10.26.13 at 06:52 PM EDT by (@salromano)
And other tidbits from Sony's Worldwide Studios boss.

Fan-made mock-up of the PlayStation 4 UI with a custom background.

PlayStation 4 will not support custom wallpapers, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed on Twitter.

Asked by PlayStation fans (1, 2, 3) whether you could use a custom picture as your UI background, Yoshida simply responded, “no.”

In other Yoshida-related Twitter news, the Worldwide Studios boss also confirmed games will automatically cache data, “not install,” when you begin playing them.

As for PlayStation 4’s day one 300mb update? You can download it in the background while you’re playing a game.

The DualShock 4—PlayStation 4’s controller—has an “EXT” port at the bottom, right next to the headset jack. Asked what it’s for, Yoshida said it’s a “secret.”

PlayStation 4 launches November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.

  • DarthBrian

    No custom wallpapers?

    Pre-order canceled. :(

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Thanks…..just ordered my 2nd one :-)

      • DarthBrian

        LOL. Must be someone else’s. I wasn’t serious.

  • Eder García

    PS4 will be out of my next gen consoles list because of this

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Cause of a wallpaper?

      • Luna Kazemaru

        amusing i know

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Oh come on, who are fooling…..
      next month you’re all like: “Goys Goys! Look at mah PS4!! All sleek n’ sexy! LOOK LOOK, I’m playin Knacker Crack and ToiletClub! Oh, and Chillzone: Titty Call!

      ……damn straight, so stop lying.
      -/s Puss

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


  • GhostNomad

    Willing to bet they’ll patch it in at a later date. Custom themes/wallpapers are pretty awesome to have, and I’m sure Sony knows this.

    • Ultrapieguy

      It would be a real bummer if they didn’t patch it in later. I enjoy certain custom wallpapers on my PS3, and I really wouldn’t like for that to change.

  • Kougeru

    300 MB you mean? Mb (or mb)=megabit MB=megabyte. Huge difference. Not that it will matter much to most customers since the average speed of interent is getting pretty decent now days. Given the proper servers, I can download 300 MBs in about a minute.

    This is honestly a feature I’ve used maybe twice, when I first got my ps3. I care about wallpapers A LOT on my PC but on my console..not so much. Consoles are for playing games. I start the console, I play the game and then I shut it off. On my desktop I do all sorts of things that allow the desktop to actually be seen. If you’re gonna be staring at your wallpaper on your ps4 for very long then the system must be having a game-drought.

  • uhawww

    Preorder cartwheeled.
    Preorder Cancun
    that’s not it…
    Preorder Concealed.

    Guys, what do I do?

    • DarkLegacy

      Do you mean Preorder cancelled?

  • Guest

    If they truly never do an update to add customs in…then it’s quite obvious this is just a ploy to force people who want them to buy wallpapers

    • Luna Kazemaru

      lol…what the heck did i just read here…

  • Sevyne

    Kind of sucks about the custom wallpapers, but it’s not the end of the world. I only really care about playing games on my game console, not playing dress-up on my menu screen.

    Although I can see why they did it. People were ripping the paid themes and getting them for free. Not that I think monetizing on wallpapers, etc is good but it is what it is.

  • 罪罰

    Really? I barely use any but that sucks for people that do. Hopefully they’ll add the feature later.

  • rockman29


  • PrinceHeir

    wait? didn’t PS3 allowed you to put your own wallpaper from your HDD?

    so why not? come on Sony you better patch this in the near future.

    i love my Dragon’s Crown wallpaper and my user icon as well!!

  • DrForbidden

    Oh, come on, Sony. Custom themes and wallpapers are awesome. They’re the reason I love my XMB more than my Dashboard.

  • Razlo

    My Akiba’s Trip dynamic wallpaper is so amazing on PS3. This is sad news indeed. I hope this gets changed with a PS4 patch. :(

    • 罪罰

      lol I used that one too, it’s so fun so see the reaction of my friends when they turn on my PS3.

  • HighBrowDrifter

    I am quite certain they will….and with PS4’s processing power, possible even interactive backgrounds….
    interactive wobbly boo…..*cough*….fun bags, yeah, fun bags….that’s what I meant to say….hehehe……….

    -Puss McPerv

  • Alkhan

    They obviously want to sell wallpapers.

  • kurosan9712

    Now now, Sony, you’re doing it wrong, in more ways than just one.
    I’ll be patiently waiting while games AND fixes for such stupidity come. Milking me for WALLPAPERS? Hell no, Sony.

  • Raiyu


    • Ferrick

      really dude ? it’s just wallpapers

      • HighBrowDrifter

        Reason enough for people to go bonkers…everyone should be more concerned with the postponing of Driveclub and Watch_Dogs….oh well.


        • Ferrick

          well i can understand watch_dog getting delayed (tbh, it didn’t look complete back at E3), but driveclub came out of nowhere

          • HighBrowDrifter

            Especially due to the fact that they were showing off a lot of footage recently……and Sony clearly stated on various occasions that Driveclub would be a launch title.

            The Game Stop (Germany) near where I live had Driveclub cases stacked along the display…..with a release date saying “29/11/2013″…..I am curious if they took them down and changed the date?

      • Chestnut Bowl

        Here on the internet, I’ve learned caps lock is for sarcasm.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    Overreactions everywhere lol.

    • HighBrowDrifter

      As though, a marvelous symphony of accumulated anger, bursting

      through electronically powered other-worlds…

      “No wallpaper ye say?”

      Madness, utter madness….

      cometh hither if thou dareth……but

      assuredly thou shalt not be spareth……am I cleareth?


      • DrForbidden

        Yeah… You might not want to give up your day job there, dude.

  • DesmaX

    Not surprised, though. That interface didn’t look “wallpaper-friendly”.

    Hopefully there will be some themes for it

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Sony might patch it in later it doesn’t really seem to be top priority to them. This is pretty much how the ps3/psp launched after all which is why the overreactions are abit silly.

  • Ferrick

    OMG NO WALLPAPERS Eyjafjallajökull!

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Er……ice cap in Iceland?

      • Ferrick


        • HighBrowDrifter


  • True Gamer

    I just moved into a new home with a balcony. I may jump off it now…
    (just being theatrical).

    But that is odd that they will take that feature away. However, knowing Sony they may have something else up there sleeves, or not lol. I guess ill pay for there premium wallpapers if i have too.

  • Wolf Star

    Nooo D: that kinda sucks..

    • DarkLegacy

      Agreed. I had a Kingdom Hearts theme that I was going to use as a background for PS4

      • Wolf Star

        I got a perfect theme for FF15 but now.. meh. Maybe in the future patch??

  • Chestnut Bowl

    A little disappointing, I enjoyed making private XMB themes.

    I’m really going to miss the XMB.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Meh. I only ever used the free wallpapers/themes from the JP PSN Store and ones I got from first print editions of imports anyway. No biggie.

  • MrKappa

    Are you kidding me? It is not a really big deal but I have had this one killer wallpaper ever since I got my PS3 and was planning to use it for PS4. :(

  • DarkLegacy

    No wallpapers D: b-but why?

  • Takane Shijou

    Well, that’s depressing.

  • bloodiOS

    Bu…bu…but… what about my glorious collection of porn stars wallpaper? T__T

    • HighBrowDrifter

      Lol…..first thing that came into my mind……oh Velicity Von.
      ( .Y. ) ~(‾▿‾~)……

      -Puss…..not /jk

      • bloodiOS

        I mean, damn, I even have a 4K album prepared for the PS4, man!

        • HighBrowDrifter

          Yew dirty little…..arrr, IIIII like yew Mate!
          …….psst…pssst (mind sharing some of that good stuff?)

  • Shinsua

    “Good morning, Henry” has got to be one of the creepiest fucking things I’ve seen in awhile.

  • Elvick

    This is disappointing. I want dynamic themes. D:<

    I love my LBP one. ):

    • Zefhar

      But not having the option to customize the wallpaper doesn’t mean we don’t get officially distributed dynamic themes (either for free or buyable).

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    that’s just stupid :/

  • icup ✔️

    us adults ain’t got time for custom wallpaper of 2d anime waifu.

    • bloodiOS

      Then do you have time for “3D” porn stars?

      • icup ✔️

        i don’t get why you do that. does it make you feel like a scripter? for typing …

        • bloodiOS

          Because the last time I typed a simple “/jk”, one guy (not on this site) completely omitted it out of his vision and took it pretty damn personal and gave me a boat load of personal insults. So, now I make a point to make it absolutely obvious when I’m posting a freaking joke. Or perhaps there are other ways you can suggest I type it so that it wouldn’t get on your nerves?

    • Gariya

      You’re missing out, old man.

    • DrForbidden

      I suppose your tastes run more towards wallpapers of Ronald McDonald playing with the bulge in his mankini…

      To each his own, but no need to be insulting about personal preferences.

  • Zero

    I would be really surprised if they don’t come up with some kind of theme/background system. I know people buy those custom themes on PSN and such.

    It probably won’t be available on day one, but let’s not count it out entirely. As for the EXT port… Hmmm? That’s very interesting.

    • Bobby Jennings

      Agreed. And EXT? External> Extension? o.o

      • Zero

        I’m thinking it has to be an extension for something.

        • GhostNomad

          My guess is it’ll be something like the PSP’s headsets with volume/playback control.

          • Zero

            You would think any headset would just fit right in the headset (auxiliary) jack, which is next to this “EXT” port.

            In other words – I’m not so sure.

            • GhostNomad

              While I’m more than open to ideas as to what else it could be (it has me puzzled and I get really curious when I drink), the headset they’ll be including (picture below) only has a Mic on/off button. The first thing that came to my mind was the PSP’s special headsets (like the one I linked above) that have the added controls. However, I’m positive that I’m not the only one who thought of that, and Yoshida did say it’s a secret, so maybe they have some new ideas for it! I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be like the Vita’s mystery port which was removed in the 2000 version :


              • Zero

                My guess is something Vita related. I’m just not sure what right now.

                • GhostNomad

                  Only one way to find out, that’s for damn sure :D

        • Bobby Jennings


    • Tetsu
      • Zero

        Good guess. That might be it.

  • 武神水樹

    I don’t think I’ll miss my wallpapers actually

  • Bobby Jennings

    I’m going to miss that. I hope it comes later or something. I love customizing my system to my liking, makes me feel like you know….its all mine. :D

    • 武神水樹

      I’ll feel that way after I spend the money

      • Bobby Jennings

        To each his/her own, though I wouldn’t understand why you wouldn’t want it..especially custom dynamic themes.

    • DarkLegacy

      Me too. I had a Kingdom Hearts theme that I was saving up to use as a background for PS4

  • PrinceHeir

    also didn’t Vita allowed you to do that as well?

    and the UI is very different there, so no excuse to not include it here.

    besides it’s more of a personal thing, it’s not like people will see this online so posting obscene pictures won’t be a problem.

    though i really really want to have this feature back. sometimes staring on my wallpaper is much better than seeing the default themes over and over again.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Well, posting obscene pictures WILL be a problem when you have people posting videos on Youtube to show off their trophies or something on the XMB and showing their naked ladies, lol.

      • GhostNomad

        It’s funny that on that same note, there are themes being sold on PSN that feature actual real-life porn stars. I’ve been on the internet long enough to recognize them >.>

        • DrForbidden

          Sure, but those are SFW images of the porn stars…

          Personal wallpapers can be more… Varied.

      • PrinceHeir

        those are rare instances.

        tbh i haven’t seen it at all other than some videos about on how to do custom firmwares on your PSPs :P

        and why would you even put porn on consoles? just save that on your PC :XD

        • TetsuyaHikari

          I have NO idea why you would, lol. A friend of mine had a hentai picture on his, so when I came over one day to spend the night and used his PS3 to play this game I brought over, I was like, “Wh-what the hell?!”, hahaha. It was really quite surprising!

  • echokanon

    Say… I’m always curious about why all these day one update/downloads just couldn’t be installed before the console are released. Is there a reason not to if they were announced way before they were released?

    • GhostNomad

      With about three weeks until the release date, the manufacturers likely didn’t get the newest version of the firmware so unpacking their already-packed units for the update is kind of a no-no.

    • icup ✔️

      the hardware was put into production to meet the deadlines. patches are minor things.

    • DrForbidden

      The software needs to be installed into the hardware and assembled at plants months before release dates. In those months, software updating and improvement development occurs concurrently, but the only way to integrate those changes are in the form of patches post-launch.

  • Adol Christin

    So anyone cancelling their pre-orders? I will take them :P Its a nice feature to have but with all the stuff on the UI, can you even see the wallpaper….

  • new_tradition

    I’m pretty surprised and baffled. I’m no techie, but I can’t think of a reason a system won’t allow you to put up your own personal pictures as background, especially since it’s possible in the PS3 O_O

    Although I guess to Sony’s credit, this is probably one of the few downsides of the PS4, haha

  • DriftSlave

    Kind of lame…I liked the fact that my PS3 has custom wallpaper….it’s not a deal breaker but it’s still…it just kinda sucks.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Obviously the EXT port is for the gameboy player or a modem!

  • Impressionnant

    Gotta appease those sponsors somehow.

  • tubers

    EXT port? “Secret”? Hope it doesn’t go the way of the dodo like the VITA’s secret sauce port.

    I’m betting it’s for a head mounted display :P

    • Elvick

      That’s supposed to be, from what I’ve heard, an accessory port for Vita.

      So, I guess if Skylanders and what not had come out on PS Vita, they’d plug in there… but given the 2000 lacks that port (I think) then we’ll probably never see it used. Especially if 2000 comes worldwide.

      Wish Sony put out a UMD reader. I would have bought that for my Vita.

  • Drake

    It seems like Sony is taking two steps forward, one step back. Too bad though, I liked that feature.

  • shogunknight

    Quite unfortunate, really love personalizing my stuff. I wonder why that got removed when it was on PS3. I hope it supports themes at least?

    • Seasqwaa

      I think Yoshida said themes were a no go on twitter as well. Pretty sure I saw someone ask that, and get the usual one-worded answer, “No.”
      Don’t take my word on it, though
      Edit: Found what I was talking about

      • shogunknight

        Ugh, thats disappointing

  • TheScienceEnthusiast1130


    • Zefhar

      Maybe because each screen will display dedicated wallpapers depending on the front content.

      My guess is that people will choose color themes only, and let PSN administer wallpapers.

  • Demolish

    Mmm..i think i will miss my wallpaper lightning(FFXIII)..

  • hush404

    Thats a huge shame. I hope they implement it soon.

    • MasterSensei

      Correct me if I’m wrong but since it’s Software rather than Hardware I’m sure it’s something that can be patched in later on if enough people find not having custom wallpapers an issue. I was really hoping that I could maybe carry my Kingdom Hearts 1.5 wallpaper over but I can deal with this

      • hush404

        Right. I’m thinking along the lines of the PS3 and it’s UI later adding in dynamic backgrounds via a software update.

  • artemisthemp

    Guess the EXT port is for the same as accessory port on Vita

    • Zefhar

      Maybe for installing N64’s Rumble Pack… j/k

  • oresamawasugoi

    i hope it has at least a night day month color change

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    My question to YoshiP: Why?
    Unless there are premium wallpapers as game unlockables.

    • Enzo

      You’re talking about the wrong Yoshida – that’s NAOKI Yoshida.

  • Mark

    lol at secret!