How To Import Custom Wallpapers via USB To PS4

Delia Watkins
February 7, 2018

PS4 has had support for both store themes and turning screenshots into custom backgrounds for a while now, so you were able to easily display pot-smoking grim reapers or sweet Uncharted 4 vistas as you wished.

The update, which is available today as part of Sony's beta program, adds new play time management, library and quick menu features to the console. From here, you can check and manage your child's playtime. Notifications will be sent to children while they're playing so they know they should save and quit. Sony wrote, "If needed, the family manager/guardians can apply playtime restrictions to make sure that the child is only playing for a set amount of time or within set playable hours".

However, two new additions not detailed in our previous reporting are the new parental control settings and the ability to import custom wallpapers via USB images. Note that the picture files on a USB stick need to be located in a folder named "IMAGES" for the PS4 to recognize them. A new USB storage device option has been added to the Themes area of the Settings menu. Last but not least, there's a new option for tournament team pages that lets you customize logo and backgrounds as well as edit the profile of your team.

There is also Library UI update that sees new tabs added with one being a "This PS4" and the other a Name/Avatar tab. When selected, the former will list all the applications installed on the overall system, while the latter will list the applications you purchased on your personal PSN ID.

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The other features are mostly there to help with clutter and to make finding games in your library easier. So, you can hide betas, trials or demos you may not go back to.

With the launch of 5.50, you'll be able to access custom friends' lists directly from the Quick Menu. If PS Plus membership is expired, a PS Plus icon with a lock will appear next to the games until users have re-subscribed. Now players can view their friends (and who is already online) in the Quick Menu. When listening to Spotify on PlayStation Music, the Square buttons act as the shortcut for volume control.

When you're on the Media Player or the USB Music Player, "triangle" will work as the shortcut for play or pause, and the "square" button as the volume control. You can hide apps through the "Options" settings.

With this new feature, users can listen to their favorite tracks while streaming games on PS Now. Oh well. There will always be another PS4 update! Games rendering to a higher resolution on a 4K TV will downscale to match HDTVs, which allows PS4 Pro owners to receive the benefits of an image clarity boost even without a 4K TV. This is the type of content most users will not return to, so it's nice to know they don't ever have to see them in their Library.

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