The Fallout 4 Collector’s Edition will come with a Pip Boy model that actually works — if a normal-sized smartphone running the Pip Boy app is inserted into it. But one man isn’t waiting!
Reddit user TheMCV created his own Pip Boy utilizing a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi is a small inexpensive circuit board that can be freely hacked by anyone to do anything within its capabilities. People have taken those capabilities to some pretty interesting and creative places, using Raspberry Pis to power their own projects. Case in point.
The Pi rests inside the shell, runs on a battery pack and produces a recreated Pip Boy interface created by another user, and displays it on an authentic 3.5” TFT screen. The only thing it’s missing is proper controls….it’s currently controlled by attaching a keyboard. TheMCV is ignoring all requests for a purchase. He says he made the Pip Boy for a friend as a gift, and he’s not getting anything at the last minute.
The rest of us will have to find copies of the Fallout 4 Collector’s Edition to obtain a real Pip Boy, all of which are currently sold out (thought Bethesda could still order more to be produced). Fallout 4 and the Collector’s Edition both come out November 10 for Playstation 4, XBox One and PC.