MSXVR - Insight

MSXVR - Insight

by hamlet on 04-01-2020, 01:12
Topic: Hardware
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The MSXVR team has considered to create a regulary newsletter to bring you the progress that has happened in the MSXVR world.

MSXVR is a computer that is compatible at hardware and software level for the MSX family home computers in aspects and design with the addition of new functionality and characteristics that permit the enjoyment of modern day computers whilst respecting its heritage from times when mankind and computers were forged and where present in many households.

You can play COLECOVISION games too on the MSXVR, and there is an added functionality to give initial support to the C64 machine, also the possibility to play Spectrum games.
Here you can watch Castlevania Spectral Interlude ZX Spectrum with SCC and an MSX joypad on the MSXVR.
It's still on the table about being able to load cartridges from other consoles or computers by means of an adapter for the MSXVR's cartridge slots or by means of the DB37 . The MSXVR team will gradually lay the foundations, but there is a long way to go.

Another interesting feature of the debugger tool is the possibility of debug from the VR-Script code. It is sure that the MSXVR team will do more comfortable the creation of new games and applications for MSX, ZX, CPC and other platforms.

Development for the library core will ease to load BMP graphics from ROM or DSK, pixel/color conversion, etc.
Create MSX2 games will be easy as be possible with the VR-Script and the preprocessor/compiler/linker anddebugger tools.

There is testing and adding support to the new multi-purpose PCB for the SJ2 cartridge at the moment. This cartridge work as DUAL, can use an internal 512Kb ROM (until 2Mb possible) for MSX computers and an internal flash memory of Gigabytes exclusive for the MSXVR. Of course, MSXVR can use both.

The preorders of keyboards customization by the users brought a lot of designs and layouts to the MSXVR.

Relevant link:
MSXVR homepage
MRC MSXVR Q&A thread

Comments (12)

By x1pepe

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06-01-2020, 10:32

Cool!

By raymond

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07-01-2020, 18:47

Thanks for the update! How is progress going on the hardware side?

By Chadwick

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09-01-2020, 20:27

I heard you mention that the PC Engine might be a possibility. For me I would have fun with that even though i do have consoles.

By ListoMefisto

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10-01-2020, 11:49

It would be great if PC Engine and X68000 cores were implemented at the MSXVR!

By Metalion

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11-01-2020, 10:50

Thanks !

By hamlet

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11-01-2020, 13:01

Well, I don't care about implemintations of the PCEngine or other computer systems at all. I'm ok with the Colecovision and the SVI's as they are MSX related systems but I buy an MSX and expect a clean implementation of the system and possible peripherals, like the GFX9000, the sound standards and the tR.
What's your opinion?

By Ivan

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11-01-2020, 19:31

Same as you, hamlet. I have bought an MSXVR because of MSX. Implemention of other systems will be welcome but for me is totally secondary.

By LaDolceDols

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05-02-2020, 08:04

I would love x68000 support and other systems...indeed secondary, but if it's possible: great!

By salutte

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05-02-2020, 12:16

I'm looking for an MSX computer that is backwards-compatible at the hardware, software, and look and feel, and on this terms, the MSXVR is great!

About the extra hardware features, i.e., more powerful cpu, gpu, SJ2 cart, etc... I'm fine with those, but I really don't care that much about them. And the same about emulating other platforms, I would have gone for the SVI and Coleco iff MSXVR included a cartridge slot compatible with those devices. For the rest IMHO they only add confusion. I also must admit that seeing a Spectrum using an SCC feels somewhat like a blasphemy from a MSX point of view (but might have look awesome to Spectrum peasants!).

But of course, this is only my opinion, and the nice thing about the MSXVR is that those options are optional, and I can easily just not use them.

On the other hand, I am a huge fan of the VR-Script! Specially for its ability to write megarom MSX1 games! Would it be possible to do cross-development (i.e., code VR-Script on a PC, and run it on a MSXVR?).

I'm looking forward towards the day I'll receive my MSXVR!! Smile

By hamlet

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11-02-2020, 22:11

By raymond

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12-02-2020, 18:51

hamlet wrote:

Pigs to see here.

Very nice! What will it cost?

By bear77

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13-02-2020, 09:27

No prices available yet i think