PS5 version: Kernel Exploit (Webkit – v1.03) compiled for ESP8266

I was having a hard time finding the latest and greatest version of the PS5 Kernel exploit files (known as v1.03 on SpecterDev’s github) bundled for the ESP8266. I apologize if the translated version is already out there somewhere and I *missed* it, but here it goes.

If you don’t care about reasoning and process, and just want the file, here it is: (tested PS5 3.00, but should work up to 4.51 included)

What is the ESP8266 – and why is it important for the PS5

The ESP8266 is a small electronic module, usually aimed at DIY developers, that comes with basic Wifi functionality.

In theory, it’s not very useful on its own and is best used for DIYers working on electronic projects. But in the case of a PS5 (and PS4) hack, the device is perfect: loaded with a PS5 exploit, it can act as a fake Wifi router for your PS5, which will help you run a Webkit hack (and kernel exploit). It has the advantage of being isolated from the internet, so there is no risk of a faulty firmware update. Furthermore, power needs are fully met through the PS5’s USB port.

In other words, the ESP8266 can act as a self-integrated bootloader for your PS5 exploit, without the need for an internet connection. And perhaps most importantly, you can You can find it at almost any retailer For only a few dollars.

How to Run PS5 Kernel Exploit on ESP8266


  1. Get an ESP8266 If you don’t have one
  2. download and install drivers
  3. download NodeMCU flasher
  4. Download ESP8266 Binary for the exploit
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  1. Connect the ESP8266 to your computer – if everything works as expected you should be able to see it in your device manager
  2. Run NodeMCU Flasher, and select the flash binary. The parameters are generally fine with the default setting, but be sure to select “Yes” to erase the flash (this will delete everything that was on the chip before).
  3. Unplug the ESP8266 and plug it back in to turn it back on
  4. You should now see a file PS5_WEB_AP wifi router from your PS5. connect to it (password is “password“)
  5. From there, go to Settings > User Guide & Safety & Health Information > User Guide will launch the exploit page

If you prefer, Modded Warfare has a great video guide on how to do exactly that, though please note that its links are out of date (well, the duo in particular)

Note: The server is running on IP, most likely your PS5 will have IP You can also connect your PC to the Wifi SSID, this way you should be able to connect to your PS5 via FTP etc…


I used the following code to compile this version:

* Previous versions already exist. You can get bundled binaries for ESP32 and ESP8266 by Echo stretch here And here respectively. Its binaries have the advantage of including the latest FPKG support, which is not available in the SpecterDev repository yet.

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