| ||For the Vault-Tec mascot sometimes erroneously called "Pip-Boy", see Vault Boy.|
| ||This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.|
The RobCo Pip-Boy (Personal Information Processor) is an electronic device manufactured by RobCo Industries. It uses ultra-modern super-deluxe resolution graphics, which coupled with its capability to store large amounts of information and transfer data to and from holodisks and from data tubes make it the obvious choice for the wandering explorer, the out-on-his-own newbie or the all-around survivalist expert.
The character who shows in images which illustrate all of the characteristics of the SPECIAL character system (perks, traits, stats etc.) is often incorrectly called "Pipboy" (even in Fallout Tactics). His real name is Vault Boy.
The Pip-Boy 1.0 was the very first model of the Pip-Boy personal information processors created by RobCo before the Great War. Although the device was enormously large and had a very small screen, it became the world's most popular smartwatch at the time, due to its computing power and portability.
It displays information in bright green on its black 5" x 3" screen. It can record sound and video footage for later playback. It uses a simple but elegant form of sonar and satellite tracking (where available, which is far from everywhere in the post-apocalyptic world) to map out areas where its user travels. Though input is slow, a user can also hand-enter and edit text messages on their Pip-Boy 2000s.The original Pip-Boy 2000 was a hand-held device (similar to modern PDA devices), though some very cumbersome models were made to be worn on the arm. These models were unofficially called Pip-Boy 2000 Plus, and were, among others, owned by the Vault Dweller and Chosen One. A modified model was used by the Brotherhood of Steel.
The 3000 model has a built-in radio and Geiger counter. According to Wally Mack and Stanley in Fallout 3, there are several models of Pip-Boy 3000 (differentiates with a letter), each just a bit different but keeping the same appearance. The Pip-Boy 3000 features a biometric lock that can only be opened by either the user or a skilled technician.
The Pip-Boy 3000 also features a light that illuminates the area around the user, allowing them to see better in the dark.
Pimp-Boy 3 BillionEdit
A modification of the standard Pip-Boy 3000, this extravagant solid gold model is encrusted with diamonds. It can be obtained from Mick at Mick & Ralph's in Freeside, after completing the Omertas quests and getting them to buy weapons from Mick once more. This is his reward, but he will switch between the two at any time wished, by simply speaking to him. The "Wild Wasteland" trait makes disco music play whenever it is equipped (the first time and every time when swapping back from the original model).
|The following is based on pre-release information for the canceled online game codenamed Project V13 and is not considered canon.|
The PIP-Pad is an experimental tablet-sized version of the Pip-Boy series, mainly for reading text and high-resolution graphics. A cache of these devices was discovered after the Great War in an old RobCo warehouse by the staff of The Armageddon Rag. There are some known bugs with the text processor, and users may occasionally see some strange characters.
|End of information based on pre-release information for the canceled online game codenamed Project V13.|
Lil' Pip 3000Edit
|The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.|
A variant of the Pip-Boy with a built-in health monitor, motion sensor, and a unique program creating and editing tool. Worn by Victor Presper.
|End of information based on Van Buren.|
Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IVEdit
In the Fallout 4 teaser trailer, Bethesda revealed a new Pip-Boy design to be featured in Fallout 4. The new Pip-Boy features a complete layout change from previous games and the addition of a fourth and fifth "main section" (similar to the "Stats", "Items" and "Data" sections from Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas). Just as in those games, the device is worn on the arm, but unlike previous models does not require a glove. The layout of the controls has been changed to the right side of the Pip-Boy, this is one of the more logical changes. The new design is also capable of playing 70's style arcade games.
- Every NPC in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas who wears a Pip-Boy has it set on the Stats/Status/CND screen.
- Despite Stanley saying in Fallout 3 that Pip-Boys cannot be removed, at the start of Fallout: New Vegas Doc Mitchell gives the Courier his old one (meaning he must have had it removed).
- Pip-Boy is included as a promotional item in Team Fortress 2.
The main characters in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout Tactics, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4 are all equipped with different versions of Pip-Boys, the type found in Fallout 4 is known as the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV
A Pip-Boy appears in Valve Software's multiplayer FPS Team Fortress 2 as a promotional miscellaneous cosmetic item for the Engineer class. When equipped, it will change the Engineer's construction PDA display to a green-and-black display, and adds an image of the Engineer in the style of the Vault Boy art.