PS5 folders and themes: Can you customise your UI display with custom backgrounds and folders?

Trying to change your PS5 background with a theme, or to put some games in a folder? This is why you might be struggling…

by Rob Leane
ps5 and dualsense controller

If you’ve recently bought a PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition, you might currently be wondering how to customise your user experience on the console with a desktop background, some folders, or perhaps a Theme.

After all, the PS4 supported all of those things, so you might expect to have the same level of control of your PS5. It’s pretty reasonable to assume that the PS5 will have themes, folders and UI customisation just like its predecessor. Indeed, the Xbox Series X has full support for themes, including recently adding a classic Xbox theme from the original Xbox.

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However, you might want to prepare yourself for disappointment. You can keep on reading to see what Sony has said about themes and folders on PS5…

Does the PS5 have themes and folders?

If you’ve stumbled onto this article because you can’t find how to change your theme or set up a folder on your PS5, there is a reason for that: Sony has confirmed that the PS5 will NOT support this kind of UI customisation for the time being.

In a very to-the-point segment of its big PS5 FAQ page, Sony said, “No, PS5 will not support folders or themes at launch.”

This means that you won’t be able to choose a fancy theme, group your games into folders or set a custom background for the console today.

However, the phrase ‘at launch’ is particularly interesting here, as it doesn’t completely rule out the implementation of themes or folders in the future. Some six months on, however, and the situation remains the same…

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PS5 themes and folders release date

At the time of writing, Sony has not revealed if/when themes and folders will be coming to the PS5 consoles. But we wouldn’t bet against it happening at some point.

For the time being, Sony probably wants us to get used to the standard PS5 experience, but hopefully, the powers-that-be will let us loose eventually to do some customisations, perhaps in late-2021 or early 2022. It would be a great E3 announcement, but this is all speculation at this point, as Sony has yet to comment.

After all, Sony’s PS5 slogan is ‘Play Has No Limits’, and it would be nice if that was true for the UI as well.

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Rob Leane