General PCT-50
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The PCT-50 is the combination of a television and a MSX1 computer in one unit. It was released by the Japanese company General in the very beginning of the MSX history and was available in two colors : silver and red. The MSX computers produced by General are called 'Paxon'. PCT means 'Paxon Computer TV'.

This machine has only one cartridge slot, the keyboard (PCK-50) is optional. The MSX is internally connected to the monitor via a "high quality" RGB interface. This was appreciated by the Japanese users who wanted to make quality screendumps of their favorite games.

The official price is ¥128,000 for the main unit, ¥3,500 for a joystick (PCJ-50) and ¥18,500 for the keyboard.

Brand General
Type PCT-50
Year 1983
RAM 16kB (? in slot 0)
Media Cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9928A
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910A)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Extras combined with TV


General PCT-50(S) + keyboard PCK-50(S)
General PCT-50(R) with keyboard
General PCT-50(R) Joystick, DataRecorder and Keyboard connectors
General PCT-50(R)
General PCT-50(R) back


The PCT-50 is a MSX1 combined with a TV in the same unit.


  • Audio and composite video output
  • Female headphone jack (at left under the screen)
  • Tape data recorder connector
  • Keyboard connector
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (Joysticks, Mouse, Graphic pad, Paddle controlers, etc)
  • 1 cartridge slot