Here is a quick tutorial on how to flash esp-host onto an ESP8266 WiFI board using macOS. I used the NodeMCU V2 board, however any ESP8266 board with 4M flash or larger should work.

  1. Install SiLabs serial drivers (direct link)
  2. Install esptool
  3. Download the desired esp-host
  4. Flash the esp-host to the ESP8266 --port=/dev/cu.SLAB_USBtoUART  write_flash  -fm=dio -fs=32m 0x00000 ./PATH_TO_BIN

It should take about a minute to flash the bin. Once successfully completed, you can quickly verify that everything is okay by connecting a device to PS4-WIFI and going to You should see the following screen:

At this point you can plug the ESP8266 into the PS4, switch on the console and connect to the PS4-WIFI network (easy settings), before going to Settings -> User Guide and running the exploit.


  1. Apparently the build quality of ESP8266 boards can vary. Before starting the flashing process on a new board, ensure that the board is actually functioning. Simply connected the board to a power source (i.e. USB port on the computer) and then check that there is some new unsecured WiFi network available (i.e. one that doesn’t require a password).
  2. Codworth’s instructions leave out the commands -fm=dio -fs=32m. The standard command sudo --port PATH_TO_DEVICE write_flash 0x00000 PATH_TO_BIN always failed with the error A fatal error occurred: Timed out waiting for packet header. By added the aforementioned commands as noted in the Getting Started on OSX guide by NodeMCU, the flashing worked perfectly first time.
  3. If you prefer using a GUI, check out NodeMCU-PyFlasher or esptool-gui.


Codworth: esp-host

NodeMCU: Getting Started on OSX

Silicon Labs: CP210x USB to UART Bridge VCP Drivers