The latest batch of PS4 themes released on the North American PlayStation Store really touches the lowest point so far.
A 2.99$ background? That sucks. I feel bad for you my friend. You actually paid 2.99$ for that? I used to draw much better crap in my elementary school than that.
I felt I had to at least try one and see if it really offered nothing more than a background (since the store really isn't helpful there), before I could fairly criticize it.
its really a robbery... who thinks that crappy background should cost 2.99.... worst idea ever! also.... all those digital games on PS store should be half the price of real blu rays... I get new games for 60 bucks then sell them after a month or two for 50.. so I really spend 10 bucks on a full new game... prices in digital store are insane and have no logic.. even more that bluray.... that thing has to stop.. same goes for every other thing Steam and all other stores.. prices are still way too high considering that you dont own the game, you cant sell it and it is just a copy just like in torrent site! unfair..
and if any company will consider to build theyre next console on digital only base.. then goodbye gaming for me.. we have to show our strength together and speak with our wallets! (not talking about can or cannot afford here) its really for real.. dont let big companies make fools out of people! I NEVER used somehting from digital only.. only DLC's... and Im ashamed for that!
You had me until you said half price for digital games. While they can't go for resale, they're still the same product. Maybe they should be 5 dollars cheaper and actually try to compete with amazon but half off? Nah. That and the value of resale probably applies to less than half of the gamers out there (i.e. A frugal minority). Between myself and a dozen friends that are really into gaming, all of us keep our collections. I'm actually really cheap too. I just rarely buy new. I like to go back to my games, not just rent them.
@pivotplease. take into account manufacturing and disk production overhead is the reason games are 60.00 now. With digital medium they only pay for storage, devlopment and QC. Even then the QC is halfassed in some cases.
i think its just testing waters.. i mean i wouldn't even use those if they were free..
@SolidStoner "and if any company will consider to build theyre next console on digital only base.. then goodbye gaming for me." You mean like the PC with Steam? This is a very paranoid and silly opinion to hold.
It's like I've been saying. I have not and will not pay for a "dynamic theme." $3 for a wallpaper, animated or not, is robbery. The PS3 allowed for us to make our own themes and most of those themes were leagues better than the crap done by whatever studio Sony hires to put those themes up were. That feature needs to come back, but I am also perfectly fine with keeping the free themes I have already.
yeah those are pretty damn bad yeeesh!
i said this about 3 months ago, people didn't liked what i said. I don't mind paying for them, but most are "JUNK". the best one to-date is that free white/with blocks. (was one of the first to be made)
the sounds on that one are the best
Or just DL that stuff from whatever PS3 themes website was. I don't care about half naked fantasy girls or sports. I work in the adult industry see that crap 12 hours a day.
As much as some of the themes are pretty rubbish on the U.S. Store, you should feel lucky you get as many as you do. The UK store still has next to none. I think at most we have about 15, most of them being static images.
I never bought a theme and I still have 10 great free themes in my library, I don't know why people have to buy bullshit they don't need... And after they made a stupid purchase, they blame the company who sells the things...
Well, if Sony lets users at least set wallpapers, there wouldn't be as much blaming. The fact that they don't even let people set backgrounds create opportunities for low quality "theme" work for so called devs who are able to sell these stuff on a curated platform.
You own an element school?
This always sucked. Microsoft moved on and you get amazing backgrounds from game achievements or you can set your own background from screenshot/usb/one drive. Not only that but can make your own color themes with customizable transparency. WHy sony still trying to sell those? What the F with the frog??? didn't launch my ps4 for so long I forgot how outdated that dashboard looks. Some re-designing wouldn't hurt.
Who cares about customizable backgrounds are you seriously telling me you xbox one is better because of that?
3DS as $1.99 Background / Themes, but they incorporate the entire theme into the folders and everything. Still haven't bought any, but at least they give it an entire different feel. PS4 gamers ? There are better ones right ? Those aren't all the choices are they ? Those look like the kid in 4th grade who can "kind of draw" drew them.
They are too ugly to be used for free even. :P
This is getting ridiculous. Sony better announce the ability to put our own background at E3 or I'll be mighty upset.
Yeah, the Vita ones outside Sony's are absolutely overpriced trash.
The quality of the majority of the themes on PS4 is so subpar it's almost insulting. I'd rather set fire to $3 than have to look at this "art" every time I boot my console up.
Premium themes should be free/discounted as part of PS+ however, being able to set a background using any image you want should be free. Why are such simple features we're all a custom to on other devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets) not available on what is essentially a desktop PC! Stop locking down simple features that allow users to truly customise their PS4.
Themes are the new nickel and dime. I love my custom theme from the PS3 days. Edit: what the heck!? How am I down to 1 bubble!!?? :/
Well if you want to know why you lost bubbles just check out your comments. http://n4g.com/user/comment... Glad I could help you. :)
I think I've had the same 5 bubbles since 2008 and have posted some ridiculous stuff and still do. ( see above ) If I had 10. Geez, thank god I dont and if I only had one... I'd probably keep my mouth shut.
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More like dont post with a tinfoil hat on. Seriously I'm tired of nut jobs acussing N4G of being run by Sony. If you dont like the website do us all a favor and leave. The less we have to deal with you people the better. This site is called News for Gamers for a reason. Anyone who states otherwise is a lunatic.
I'm still just a PS3 owner and won't pull the trigger on buying a PS4 yet as I find the it to be far less custom friendly. There's still no way of importing or creating your own PS4 themes and you can't use your own pictures from the harddrive as a wallpaper.Wow!! The fact that PS4 also got an ingame Photo Mode in a few games, but leaves out the option to use the screenshot as wallpaper is just amazingly stupid.
Well it was the same with the PS3, it got some 'questionable' themes as well that were overpriced. I'm not sure why we are so surprised by this. It's just that some of these 3rd party theme makers are trying to get their 'work' out there to the public. They may be great or they may be horrible (like the ones above) but like they say 'You don't have to buy them'. In either case why do we need any other theme than the 20th anniversary theme. That is the only one we should ever use! :D & it was FREE!
yeah, those things are pretty awful... for $3, it needs to be something that someone put some actual thought into.
Chances are Sony just asked some outsourcing agency to provide a steady flow of themes and that agency doesn't fully understand the consumer base and our standards or just dont think its worth much effort. Doesn't excuse Sony though, they should have someone with decent taste for quality assurance on themes
wow. those are really dumb. its like someone got a pirate copy of the adobe creative suite and hit the presets hard.
Still happy with the free 20th anniversary theme ;)
Wow HORRIBLE! In theory "themes," are supposed to minimally change, not only the background picture(s), but also add music, sounds, sound effects from the corresponding set piece, etc... Additionally if the theme is dynamic it should definitely be much more that a copy and paste job. When charging a Premium, for something that isn't available for preview, there should definitely be some type of quality control involved, other than the rating system in place in order to further avoid disgruntled customers. I have yet to experience any disappointment when it comes to purchasing themes on Playstation Network, but then again I hardly buy any usually getting most for free via preorder or free off the net. Ex. I'm a huge Fromsoftware fan and purchase most if not all theme's available for most of their Souls and now Bloodborne titles and have yet to be disappointed with any theme related to their games. Here's a free code for a Bloodborne theme that is pretty much a copy and paste job but FREE so it isn't as demoralizing as paying a premium. (J4ND-DJNH-K3C7) Hope it still works and remember it's free and at least better than those $2.99 "themes" that are based on nothing relevant, please enjoy!
I am using the yellow version of the default PS4 theme. Looks far better than every paid theme available for it IMO, especially the ones in this sample.
It sucks that the xbox one lets you take in game screen shots and set them as a background yet the dashboard is badly design and can't see the background very well. The ps4 has the perfect dashboard for these backgrounds yet can't use the screen shots for them
personally i like the xbox dashboard better than the ps4 one. its more functional and more customizable. it doesn't have the slick liquid shiny bit in the bg but personally i feel that look is starting to feel dated (and i'm a designer by trade fwiw). you can pin your most commonly used games and apps to the home screen. you can even pin tv shows to your home screen. it shows a live running preview of whatever the last app to go into the background is, your friends status updates roll up and update in realtime, you can snap apps like your party, or friends or achievements etc to the side of the screen without interrupting anything else... pretty freaking cool if you ask me.
I like it too. I like the PS4's minimalist UI, and I like the Xbox One's UI's versatility. They really need to enable a screenshots/uploaded images as a background option, though. I'm currently using the free Witcher, "Water hag", theme right now, but I have a lot of Bloodborne screens, and an awesome screencap of the skybox from a segment in The Order that I'm dying to set as my background.
i missed the days of the ps3 when we could make our own & others could download them people that used creativity made some amazing ones
Our own backgrounds would be very nice.
not sure how anything will change if you all keep considering sony a god company. I remember people complained the about this on xbox one,boom implemented in about 4 months. Then they complained they cant see the backgrounds that well because of the tiles....boom transparent tiles,then they said they are transparent enough,boom they made it almost clear. It pays to hold a company accountable instead of praising them for every little thing. Ive seen dynamic backgrounds on the top page many of times on here. Like how is that even anything worth devoting a story too? congrats you have to pay for a new background,lets promote as cool and get people on board so they can continue to buttsecks us.
Once again... one step forward and two back for Sony. Honestly, I'd like all the quickness of the ps4 ui mixed with the PS3 crossbar ui available as an option for the PS4.
Be very careful downloading themes, the Star Wars Battlefront one crashed a lot of peoples PS4 and corrupted the theme section of the menu's.
Wow. Those are some pretty tacky themes. Those should be a dollar each because it would be crazy to pay 2.99 for those.
Ppl are silly animals, you proved to us that every single theme u showed has a preview yet u still bought that garbage? Sony has over ten free themes for PS4 and was giving away a The Order 1886 theme on ps blog, you can get free themes when you buy games as well. Many themes are free or 1.99 not all are 2.99, every one of those themes were made by the same company "virtual burger", this article is pretty pointless imo. Ppl will start making their own PS4 themes like they did for PS3. Be smart and don't buy stupid themes do u not see the preview? On the bright side the guy owns Driveclub, The Order and Witcher.
These pictures are worse than generic pogs from the 90's. Get it together Sony.
I still wonder why we cant make our own themes or download from a site or two that i need not mention.
dear Sony, Please let us use our background, just like in old days.
It's like a compilation of everything awful about the 90's. It's only missing a rollerblader, or a wolf head. #bruh
themes are nonsense. 9 out of 10 of the themes are crap.
Wow those are terrible
So basically...you don't like some of the themes. Dualshockers; the watchdogs of gaming. lol
Dualshockers posts multiple articles praising the new themes released, then this. Wow. Appalling.
It's almost a comedy show with the themes they release lol
We will never get custom backgrounds as Sony are getting greedy now. This is also why we won't get PS1 classics for example, they'd much rather push PS Now as it's more expensive.
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