So…”Fallout 4″. Specifically, that extremely limited pre-order package that awarded a select few Wasteland survivors their very own “working” Pip-Boy.
You cried. No, it’s OK. You’re among friends here. You wept when that precious small batch sold out faster than you could say, “I is scientistic!” We felt every tear slide down your cheek. In a cosmic sense, they became one with our own.
Well, if you want to cry, we’re here to do so much more than dry your eyes. We proudly present to you, courtesy of Vault-Tec and RobCo Industries, the Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition, a functional replica of the Pip-Boy Model 3000 Mk IV exclusively created and sold by ThinkGeek.
This faithfully recreated facsimile’s interactive screen and integrated hardware and software pair with any Bluetooth-enabled tablet or phone for instant access to receive SMS messages, browse contact lists, stream audio files, and even make and receive calls. Granted, you won’t find everyday wearable tech much more unique than the Pip-Boy, but it also happens to make for one phenomenally versatile, striking cosplay prop as well.
Beyond the Bluetooth functions, this handy personal organizer and device manager really method-acts its part as the Fallout universe’s most indispensable tool. The screen displays “Fallout 4”-authentic Status, S.P.E.C.I.A.L., and Perks readouts and adjusts with actual working dials, buttons, and knobs. Its companion RobCo Industries stand is an appropriately decorative charging station with an impressive built-in speaker and 16GB holotape USB drive concealed in the top compartment.
If there’s a minor downside, it would be that the Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition is about as hefty as we always imagined the devices in “Fallout 4” would actually be, weighing in right around 2 lbs. but with a comfortable foam lining that makes for a snug-but-manageable custom fit.
A few things are still somewhat unclear, such as practical limits on screen resolution, its maximum wireless range, and its estimated average recharge time and battery life, among other specs. We do know these Pip-Boys are priced to own at $349.99 and currently available for pre-orders ahead of their December 2016 release.