LaserDisc
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Description

LaserDisc is an optical disc technology, and looks like a very large CD-ROM. It was envisioned to be the future of Multimedia and was backed by amongst others Sony, Philips and Pioneer. While Philips never did anything with MSX and LaserDisc, Pioneer launched several MSX computers with integrated LaserDisc control ability, and various LaserDisc players.

While LaserDisc capable MSX systems from Pioneer were available in Japan, Europe and the US, commercially available software for the system was only published in Japan from 1984-1986 by the LaserDisc Corporation, a Pioneer subsidiary.

Hardware

MSX compatible LaserDisc players

DIN style connector marked
DIN style connector marked

Any LaserDisc player should work with the 8-pin U-DIN connector pictured. However, since every single LaserDisc for the MSX is in NTSC format, it is highly recommended to get a NTSC player. Here are some players with the special I/O connector:

Product Region Video standard Connector
Hitachi VIP-32C JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer CLD-9000 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer LD-700 US NTSC DIN style
Pioneer LD-7000 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer LD-7100 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer LD-9200D JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer LD-V500 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer LV-1000 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Sony LDP-1500P Europe PAL DB-25
Sony LDP-180P Europe PAL DB-25

MSX systems with LaserDisc support

The below MSX systems have LaserDisc support, however since every single LaserDisc published for MSX is in NTSC format, it is highly recommended to get a Japanese MSX to play LaserDiscs.

Product Region Video standard Connector
Pioneer PX-7 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer PX-7(UK) UK PAL DIN style
Pioneer PX-V7 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer PX-V60 JP NTSC-J DIN style
Pioneer UC-V102 JP, Europe, US NTSC-J, PAL or NTSC DIN style
Sony HB-G900P Europe PAL DB-25 serial

LaserDisc Interfaces for MSX

LaserDisc software for MSX

Product Region Year Title Type
HG041-13VM/LCT001 JP 1984 MysterDisc: Murder, Anyone? Game
HG043-13VM/LCT002 JP 1984 MysterDisc: Many Roads to Murder Game
PG001-12SG JP 1984 Astron Belt Game
PG002-12TO JP 1984 Strike Mission Game
PG004-11KO JP 1984 Badlands Game
SS098-0002 JP 1984 Star Fighters Game
SS098-0003 JP 1985 Great Naval Battle in the Sea of Japan Game
SS098-0008 JP 1985 Inter Stellar Game
SS098-0011 JP 1985 Cosmos Circuit Game
SS098-0019 JP 1985 Esh's Aurunmilla Game
SS098-0044 JP 1985 Rolling Blaster Game
SS098-6004 JP 1986 SpaceDisc Vol. 5 Views of Earth Utility