Sony HitBit F1XV – MSX 2+

The Sony F1XV is one of the only 8 MSX 2+ models ever produced (see the whole list here). This is one of my favorites, my daily workhorse MSX. It is the machine I use to play all MSX games and to write the occasional Basic program. This is really a great MSX: sturdy, awesome design, and it basically has everything you need unless you need the extra Turbo-R bells and whistles.

As far as specs go, this machine can probably be considered a ‘middle tier’ MSX 2+: 64kB RAM, 128kB VRAM, one 720kB 3.5″ floppy disk drive, MSX Music, MSX-JE, 256kB JIS-1 and JIS-2 ROM, speed controller, Ren-Sha Turbo (autofire) and hardware pause key. The Panasonics had more hardware options (like S-Video) and the Sanyo WAVY PHC-70FD2 had 2 floppy drives.

Technical Specs:

NAME HitBit F1XV
MANUFACTURER Sony
ORIGIN Japan
YEAR 1988
KEYBOARD Full-stroke keyboard with 5 function keys, numeric keypad and arrow keys.
CPU Zilog Z80A
SPEED 3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR Yamaha V9958 Video Display Processor
RAM 64 kb
VRAM 128 kb
ROM 32 KB (Basic & BIOS) + 16 KB (SUB ROM > MSX-BASIC V3.0) + 16 KB (KANJI BASIC ROM + KANJI ROM) + 16 KB (DISK ROM)
BUILT-IN MEDIA 720 KB 3.5” floppy drive
TEXT MODES 40 x 24 / 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES 64 x 48, 256 x 192, 256 x 212, 512 x 212, 256 × 212, 256 × 424. Additional KANJI screen modes (Japanese text screen modes): 40×24, 32×24, 256×192, 64×48
COLORS 19268
SOUND FM-PAC (OPLL YM-2413) – 9 channel FM synthesizer
I/O PORTS 2 cartridge slots, RGB/Scart video output, 2 joystick ports, printer port, NTSC video output, Mono audio output, RF video output, Cassette interface
POWER SUPPLY 100/120v

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