Panasonic FS-JH1
This page was last modified 04:00, 18 January 2021 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Rderooy and Sd snatcher and others.

Description

The Panasonic FS-JH1 Joy Handle is a steering wheel sold in Japan, which included the Konami racing game A1 Spirit. Two operating modes can be selected: steering wheel or joystick, the later to support other racing games. The large case of the Joy Handle is meant to support a monitor being placed on top.

The connector on the back is a DIN connector with the text トリガーA、B入端子 which translates to "Trigger A, B input terminal". It would appear this is to provide support for optional pedals, which it would seem were never released.

A1 Spirit is a slightly modified version of F-1 Spirit adapted for use with the steering wheel.

The game Out Run (MSX2 version) was also advertised as being compatible with the FS-JH1. And F-1 Spirit 3D Special was also shown in Panasonic ads with the Joy Handle. It is unclear if these games support the steering wheel mode or only the joystick mode.

Official price was ¥ 19,800.

Its handle looks strikingly similar, if not identical, to the Sega Handle Controller. Maybe Hori produced both controllers as OEM, first for Panasonic and later a more compact version for Sega.

Unfortunately, the protocol used by this controller when set to analog mode is yet unknown, not even if it's the same protocol used by the Sega Handle Controller.

Gallery

Panasonic FS-JH1 packaging
Panasonic FS-JH1
Panasonic FS-JH1 box
Panasonic FS-JH1 back
Panasonic FS-JH1 back connector
Panasonic FS-JH1 right side
Panasonic FS-JH1 SN label
Panasonic FS-JH1 underside
Panasonic FS-JH1 manuals