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C > CASIO  > PV-1000   


Nearly nothing is known about this obscure system. Help welcomed.

Apparently Casio released the PV-1000 and a PV-2000 computer in 1983. But both systems are not compatible with each others... Though one may think they are based on the same hardware, they have in fact completely different architecture.

The PV-1000 is powered by a Z80A micro-processor. There is only 2 KB RAM available, plus 1 KB devoted to the character generator. The resolution if 256 x 192 pixels with 8 colours.

Around 15 cartidges were released for the PV-1000, including famous arcade hits like Pooyan, Amidar, Tutankhamon, and Dig-Dug.

Casio also released (the same year) two other systems, PV-7 and PV-16 which were MSX computers. It could be interesting to find the links between these four PV-xxx systems. Were the PV-1000 / 2000 released before or after the MSX adventure tempted by Casio ? etc...


Alex M. reports :
MY knowledge regarding this system is by no means complete, but it IS related to the MSX. In fact the internals are quite similar to the colecovision, which of course is quite similar to MSX computers. However it has been tweaked around a bit, so it (theortecially) performs better.

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The design of the console is pretty ahead of it''s time. I feel like this could have easily come out 10 years later and looked fresh.

Friday 8th December 2017

we can run zx spectrum 48k and one 128k programs at 6mhz please help

Saturday 6th April 2013
Roger Jowett (Ulster Londonderry)
Sam coupe

uh.... a casio console, what surprise it's diicult to purchase it?

Tuesday 18th July 2006
carlos (barcelona)


NAME  PV-1000
YEAR  October 1983
KEYBOARD  1 joystick with one fire button
CPU  D780C-1 (Z80A)
SPEED  3.579 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  D65010G031 (video display unit + sound generator)
RAM  2 KB + 1 KB (character generator)
VRAM  Unknown
ROM  None
GRAPHIC MODES  256 x 192
COLORS  8 colors
SOUND  Unknown
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  2 x controller connectors, cartridge slot, audio/video output
BUILT IN MEDIA  Cartridges
OS  Basic cartridge + At least 15 games ?
POWER SUPPLY  external power supply (specs unknown)
PRICE  14,800 yen (Japan, 1983)

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