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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.
Gameplay articles
Fallout Pip-Boy 2000
Fallout 2 Pip-Boy 2000
Fallout 3 Pip-Boy 3000
FO Tactics Pip-Boy 2000
Van Buren Lil' Pip 3000

The RobCo Pip-Boy (PIP stands for Personal Information Processor) is an electronic device manufactured by RobCo Industries, using 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 Pip-Boys were standard equipment issued to all Vault-Tec Vaults. Some Vaults received newer models of the device, while others got older versions.

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.




Pip-Boy 2000

PIP-Boy 2000 in map viewer mode
Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

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, though some very cumbersome models were made to be worn on the arm. These models were unofficially called Pip-Boy 2000 Plus. The Pip-Boy is locked on by a biometric lock.

Pip-Boy 3000

Pip-Boy 3000
Gameplay article: Fallout 3

The 3000 model has a built-in radio and Geiger Counter. According to Stanley in Fallout 3, there are several series of Pip-Boy 3000s, each a bit different. Like the 2000 model, the Pip-Boy 3000 features a biometric lock that can only be opened by a skilled technician. (If one is not so skilled, a Bonesaw will also serve...)

The Pip-Boy 3000 also features a light that illuminates the area around the user, allowing them to see better in the dark.

Pip-Boys apparently have uses besides those in the game, as they are issued to every active member of Vault 101's community. In Fallout 3, almost any armor or clothing (excluding the samurai armor from Mothership Zeta and a few others) worn by the Player character will have the left sleeve cut off, in order to accommodate the Pip-Boy.

Lil' Pip 3000

Lil' Pip 3000
Gameplay article: Van Buren
The following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

A miniature version of the 3000 series exists, called the Lil' Pip 3000. It was to be featured in Van Buren.


The main characters in Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3 and Fallout Tactics are all equipped with Pip-Boys.

Van Buren characters such as the Prisoner, Symm, other Tibbets prisoners and Dr. Presper's party (Coleridge, Briggs, Davidson and Pierce) were also planned to be equipped with Pip-Boys.

This article uses material from the "Pip-Boy" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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