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Legacy Dashboard Theme brings PlayStation 2 nostalgia to the PS4

Sony’s PlayStation 4 dashboard has a slick interface honed through the console generations, but for people hankering for some retro vibes there’s a PlayStation 2 version available for the PS4.

Coming to the PlayStation Store on December 6, the Legacy Dashboard Theme recreates the background of the PS2’s iconic dashboard, only this time rendering it in 1080p and running at 60fps, making it suitable for modern LCD displays rather than ancient CRT TVs.

Created by Truant Pixel, the Legacy Dashboard promises a hit of retro console nostalgia, bringing in the coalescing ‘Seven Stars’ and Crystal Clock from the PS2 user interface.

After the initial introduction sequence, which includes the iconic PS2 synth-like sonic boom sound, faithfully recreated and remastered audio of waves crashing on a beach play in the background.

On top to this sits the horizontally scrolling tiles of the normal PS4 user interface, only the squares are coloured in a purple and azure-blue mix, giving them a suitably low-fi retro look.

From a video of the Legacy Dashboard Theme in action, it all looks very impressive and certainly evokes feelings of early 2000s gaming, before the theme was succeeds by that of the PS3 which replicated the sound of an orchestra warming up when booting up.

There’s definitely a good appetite for retro remakes that’s been building over the past 12 months or so, what with modernised versions of the Nintendo NES and SNES being released, a swathe of remasters and re-imagined versions of classic games, and backwards compatibility being pushed by Microsoft on the Xbox One X.

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