Sony HB-F1II
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Sony HB-F1II is a cost reduced version of the HB-F1 to better compete against the Panasonic FS-A1, while also adding a REN-SHA-TURBO slider (auto-fire for both joystick and spacebar).

The Sony HB-F1II was available only in black. It was aimed at the Japanese market.

The computer comes with an external power adapter, it includes a pause button that allows users to pause the system at will and a speed slider to slow down the system.

Brand Sony
Model HB-F1II
Year 1987
Region Japan
Launch price ¥29,800
RAM 64kB in slot 3-3
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Keyboard layout QWERTY/JIS
Extras firmware (Address book, Schedule and Memo), pause button, speed controller, Ren-Sha Turbo (autofire)
Emulation ROMs dumped and emulated


The firmware is launched automatically when you boot the machine. Bypassing this software on startup requires the user to press the DEL key during boot until a Beep sound.

From MSX-BASIC, you can go to the Personal Databank with CALL HITBIT or _HITBIT.


Sony HB-F1II
FS-A1 & HB-F1II adapter
Aligned PCB Image Pair - Back
Sony HB-F1II PCB detail


The Sony HB-F1II is a MSX2 with 2 cartridge slots (one at the top, one at the back). The CPU is a Z80A from NEC (uPD780C-1). A MSX-Engine from Yamaha (S1985) is used.

The AC-HB3 power adapter specifications are the same as the Panasonic FS-AA51 adapter for the Panasonic FS-A1 and FS-A1mkII.

Slot Map

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 Firmware 2 Firmware 3
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Firmware 1
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM


  • RGB output
  • RF output
  • Analog sound & Composite video
  • Tape recorder connector
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots
  • the Cursors keys have a socket for a small 'stick joystick' - which mechanically operates the cursor keys - when not in use the joystick can be clipped in a special storage hole under the MSX


When keeping the Y and P keys pressed during boot, you will get a scrolling list of the development team followed by a digitized voice saying "It's a Sony!".

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