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| ||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. Some common characteristics that Pip-boys had were Geiger counters, Health status of the user, a radio, a map, a journal, and an inventory list for weapons, armor, and any supplies.
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 "The Pipboy" (even in Fallout Tactics). His correct name is the 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. The device marked the first known attempt by any company to create a wearable portable computer. The only observed unit of the Pip-Boy 1.0 featured a highly cumbersome design with a small screen and no protective outer casing. Due to its crude appearance and a lack of protection for the circuitry, the Pip-boy 1.0 was most likely a mere prototype never meant for distribution to vaults.
The Pip-Boy 2000 displays information in bright green on its black 5" x 3" screen, can record sound and video footage for later playback, and uses a simple yet elegant form of sonar and satellite tracking where satellite coverage is available to map out areas where its user travels. Though input is slow, a user can also hand-enter and edit text messages on the Pip-Boy 2000.
The original Pip-Boy 2000 was a hand-held device, 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 Pip-Boy 3000 abandoned the hand-held design of its predecessor completely, making wrist-mounted designs standard. Several different models of the 3000 were made, each incorporating minor ergonomic and technical changes but maintaining the same general appearance. The Pip-Boy 3000A features a built-in radio, Geiger counter, flashlight, and a biometric lock that can only be opened by either the user or a skilled technician.
Pimp-Boy 3 BillionEdit
A hand-crafted modification of the standard Pip-Boy 3000A, the extravagant Pimp-Boy 3 Billion is solid gold and encrusted with diamonds. It can be obtained from Mick at Mick & Ralph's in Freeside as a reward for persuading the Omertas to return to Mick for their weapon needs. Mick will switch the user's Pip-Boy between the 3000A and the 3 Billion upon request. The "Wild Wasteland" trait causes disco music play whenever it is equipped (the first time and every time when swapping back from the original model).
Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IVEdit
The Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV is the fourth iteration of the Pip-Boy 3000 line and includes a number of design enhancements. The control dials were moved from the left side of the device to the right to improve accessibility, and the biometric lock and glove were replaced by a simple latch, allowing for quick and easy removal. The Mark IV also utilized a revamped display interface with animated images and was capable of playing the latest video games, such as Atomic Command and Red Menace. The Mark IV unlike their predecessors are able to manually unlock the main vault door entrances.
The Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV was distributed to vaults near Boston, including Vault 75, Vault 81, Vault 95, Vault 111, and Vault 114. Vault-Tec staff did not grant Pip-Boys to the residents of Vault 111 due to their placement in cryogenic stasis; the Sole Survivor of the vault was able to claim a Pip-Boy from the corpse of a long-dead Vault-Tec scientist.
|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.|
The Lil' Pip 3000 provides all of the functionality of the Pip-Boy 2000 Plus, but boasts a greatly reduced size made possible by the use of integrated circuits. Despite its advantages, the Lil' Pip remained less popular than its more durable predecessor.
The Super Pip-Boy is a unique Pip-Boy model worn by Victor Presper. It has a built-in health monitor, motion sensor, and a program creation and editing tool.
|End of information based on Van Buren.|
- Every NPC in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas who wears a Pip-Boy 3000 has it set on the Stats/Status/CND screen.
- In the classic Macintosh version of Fallout, the Pip-Boy 2000's menu uses PlainTalk to say "Welcome to the RobCo Pip-Boy 2000." upon opening it, as well as reciting the menus you've opened.
- The Pip-Boy is included as a promotional item for the Engineer 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. In Fallout Shelter, (some?) dwellers exploring the wasteland are equipped with a Pip-Boy.
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.