@requiem I'm beginning to think that the MSX standard all but mandated excellent industrial design language.
Good god I want one so bad!
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve seen one.
@requiem I’ve know about them for a while, never seen one in person though.
Someone should get one, rip out the Z80 and replace it with a Z180 or a compatible successor. Heck, maybe add a Z80000 chip just for funsies, because, why do when you can overdo?
Then rip out the 9938 VDP and replace *that* with a 9978, to get all the latest graphics modes and such.
@vertigo why rip out the VDP when you can already slot in a Sunrise #Graphics9000 or #Tecnobytes #V9990 #Powergraph; both expansion cards based on the #Yamaha #V9978 VDP?
This expandability was one of the beautiful things of the #MSX standards.
Precisely because it's a cartridge. That makes the hardware prone to breakage, and blocks the port from other peripherals you might want to use. The VDP sits at a different I/O location, so system firmware can't talk to it. Etc.
Replacing the VDP internally fixes two of these three issues (and a ROM swap the third).
@requiem looks very similar to Atari's case design choices in the 8-bit XE/16-bit ST era.
@clacke not that uncommon :)
The #Philips #NMS8255 for instance is an #MSX2 with not one, but two 3.5" DoubleDensity floppy drives. :)
One more than its brother, the #NMS8250 that I got (though one of mine was eventually modified to have a second drive installed too).
@clacke I wasn't even aware that 5.25" was a thing for the MSX. So far I've only seen 3.5" or driveless models:)
Probably also depended heavily on which market was targeted. Similar with RAM. In European markets 128kB was quite common, while Japanese machines often had only (the standard's minimum required amount iirc of) 64kB.
@requiem yeah, 90% of why I want an MSX2 is to fulfill my cyberpunk dreams 🤩
@68km it’s just lovely, all it needs is a shoulder strap...
@requiem I know some people have added straps and a small screen to these for that very purpose :)
@requiem Actually, the Genesis version of Shadowrun had a Sony Cyberdeck in the stores - the CTY-360. It wasn't very good.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.