Philips VG-8230
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The Philips VG-8230 is the first MSX2 computer released by the Dutch company Philips. Although it's not a NMS machine, this label is indicated in full letters on the machine as New Media Systems.

This computer comes with a build-in single sided disk drive, allowing to provide on disk the Designer graphical tool. An external disk drive can also be connected at the back of the machine (e.g. the Philips VY-0011).

The keyboard is adjustable in height. The second cartridge slot is optional as it is closed off by default but can easily be enabled by screwing the supplied cartridge holder onto the back of the computer.

It has 64kB RAM (not 192kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM).

Only one model was produced and sold in The Netherlands, as this machine was quickly replaced by the VG-8235 with more RAM (128kB). The VG-8230 has a QWERTY keyboard with £ key, which is unusual for Philips computers. However, there is also a prototype with a Japanese keyboard.

Besides the graphic tool Designer, the system disks provide MSX-DOS1 with a nice interface and MSX Home Office (Address Book + Word Processor).

According to the Philips newsletter it became available in 1-1-1986. Introduction price: ƒ 1949.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Type VG-8230
Year 1986
RAM 64kB in slot 3-2
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 1DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527)
Chipset Yamaha S3527
Extras 360kB 3,5" floppy disk drive, external disk drive connector, reset button, firmware on disks (MSX-DOS1 - Home Office - Designer)


Philips VG-8230
Philips VG-8230 back
Philips VG-8230 right side
Philips VG-8230 manuals (+ disk)
Philips VG-8230 label
Philips VG-8230 prototype


The VG-8230 is a MSX2 with a Z80 from Zilog (Z8400APS) and the MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha.

The RAM is in slot 3-2. First cartridge slot is in front, second cartridge slot is in back.

Slot Map

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


  • RF output
  • SCART audio/video-output using RGB
  • CVBS connector for monitor
  • Tape recorder connector
  • External disk drive connector
  • Centronics connector compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots (one closed off by default)