MSX0 Prototype
Image: M5Stack

Last year, we let you know that the MSX co-creator Kazuhiko Nishi was hard at work building the new generation of MSX computers: including the MSX3 one-board system, the MSX turbo personal supercomputer, and the MSX0 microcomputer for IoT. And now, thanks to one of the manufacturing partners, M5Stack, we've finally got a better look at one of the above devices.

The pictures, which M5Stack posted on Twitter, show an official prototype of the MSX0 featuring an interchangeable keyboard and "Game Boy-Esque" gamepad for playing MSX, MSX2, and MSX2+ titles. It is being built using M5Stack's ESP32.

Nishi wrote about the goals for the device back in November 2022 (as translated via Google):

"MSX0 aims to build an IoT environment. The small control microcomputer has a built-in basic interpreter and compiler for IoT, and it is designed to be easily connected to sensors and relays for measurement and control. In addition, it's able to connect to the cloud with wireless Internet and wired Ethernet. It is a minimal setup that will allow you to start programming immediately."

On Twitter, Nishi also claimed today that he is now working on a prototype of the "Pro" version of the device. He says that this other version will be able to run the MSXturboR using the Zynq 7010 FPGA.

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