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[PS3™ system] Updated 01/08/2014

Use themes to create the look you want on your PlayStation®3 system. Themes allow you to change visual elements including color, background and icons. Download a custom theme or, for you graphics pros, create your own theme with the help of a graphics program.
Themes are available on PS3 Systems that run System Software version 2.0 or later. Visit PS3 System Software Update to download and install the most recent version.


How to change themes


  1. In the XMBTM home menu, go to [Theme] under Settings icon (Settings) > Theme Settings icon (Theme Settings).
    Change theme screenshot 1

  2. Select the (theme name) and press the X button icon button.
    Change theme screenshot 2

  3. Select (Apply) and press X button icon button to use the selected theme. The theme will now take affect displaying a new background and icons.
    Change theme screenshot 3

NOTE: When a theme file contains more than one background design, the background will change at random.


How to download a theme using a computer

  1. Prepare storage media such as a Memory Stick DuoTM or a USB device.

  2. Use a personal computer (PC) to create a folder named "PS3" on the storage media and create a subfolder named "THEME" (must be all uppercase) within that folder.
    theme folders 1

  3. Transfer the theme into the "THEME" subfolder
    theme folders 2

  4. Insert the storage media in the PS3 system. Depending on the PS3 system in use, a commercially available USB reader/writer may be required.

  5. In the XMBTM home menu, go to Settings icon (Settings) > Theme Settings icon (Theme Settings) > [Theme] and then select [Install].
    Download theme screenshot 1

  6. Select the storage media device that contains your theme file and then press the X button icon button.
    Download theme screenshot 2

  7. Select the theme that you wish to import and then press the X button icon button.
    Download theme screenshot 3

  8. After installation has been completed, go to Settings icon (Settings) > Theme Settings icon (Theme Settings) > [Theme] again. Select the theme you installed from the list of available themes and then press the X button icon button to view additional options. Select (Apply) and then press the X button icon button to use your theme.
    Download theme screenshot 4

How to download a theme using the PS3

Themes are available* for download directly from PlayStation Store icon (PlayStation®Store).
*PlayStation®Network registration required for download.

  1. Download a theme file from PlayStation Store icon (PlayStation®Store). The file will be saved to the hard disk.
    PS3 Download theme screenshot 1

  2. Go to Settings icon (Settings) > Theme Settings icon (Theme Settings) > [Theme] to select the theme file that was saved on the hard disk.
    PS3 Download theme screenshot 2

  3. Select [Apply] and the theme will take affect displaying a new background and icons.
    PS3 Download theme screenshot 3

Creating your own themes

For instructions on how to create your own themes, please click here.