Philips VG-8020
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The VG-8020 is the third MSX1 computer released by the Dutch company Philips, after the VG-8000 and the VG-8010 computers.

Compared to the predecessors, this machine had a keyboard "pro", not a chiclet keyboard, and an internal power supply. It has 64kB RAM (not 80kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM).

Various models of the VG-8020 were produced:

  • VG-8020/00 PAL (First model, keyboard layout is QWERTY)
  • VG-8020/19 RGB 50 Hz (Model for the French market, keyboard layout is AZERTY)
  • VG-8020/20 PAL (QWERTY keyboard layout and revised main board)
  • VG-8020/29 PAL (QWERTZ keyboard layout, unknown main board revision level)
  • VG-8020/40 PAL (same as VG-8020/20 with a few fixes on main board)

This model has been produced by the Japanese company Kyocera. The design of the box for the first releases was similar to the box used for the VG-8000 and the VG-8010 computers, but later the design of the NMS (New Media Systems) machines was adopted.

The case is black and silver except the French model that is fully black. This machine was sold in Italy as Phonola VG-8020.

There is also a special version for Bingo players - see VG-8020 Holland Bingo.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Type VG-8020
Year 1985
Region Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands
Original price DE: 898 DM
NL: ƒ1049
RAM 64kB in slot 3 (/00 version), 3-2 (other versions)
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929A or TMS9129NL
Audio PSG (YM2149 in /00 version, custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527 for /19, /20 and /40 versions)
Chipset none (separate IC's) for /00 version, Yamaha S3527 for /19, /20 and /40 versions
Extras Reset button


Philips VG-8020 PAL
Philips VG-8020 PAL back
Philips VG-8020 International box first version
Philips VG-8020/19 (France)
Philips VG-8020/19 label
Philips VG-8020/19 inside
Philips VG-8020/29 (Germany)
Philips VG-8020/29 label
Philips VG-8020 French box first version
VG-8020/20 maindoard underside
Philips VG-8020/20 maindoard
Philips VG-8020/40 maindoard
Philips VG-8020 International box second version
Philips VG-8020 French box second version


The VG-8020/00 is a MSX1 with the RAM in non-expanded slot 3 and a Z80 from NEC (D780C-1) without MSX Engine.

The other revisions have the RAM in slot 3-2, a Z80 from NEC (D780C-1) or Zilog (Z8400APS) and the MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha.

The cartridge slots are on top, hidden under a panel.

Slot Map for /00 model

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh

Slot Map for other models

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3-0 Slot 3-1 Slot 3-2 Slot 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh