Bethesda isn’t making any more of its Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition for PS4, Xbox One and PC which puts some consumers in a tough position as we approach the game’s November 10th release date. Fortunately, there are some Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition alternatives that should be on your radar if you’re unable to secure a copy of the game for a reasonable price.
In June, Bethesda teased a Fallout 4 announcement at E3 2015 in Los Angeles. As promised, the company took the stage and outlined a game that many people have been waiting for since the release of Fallout 3 in 2008. Fallout 4 is official and it will be arriving for Xbox One, PS4, and PC later this year.
During the company’s announcement, Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed plans to release a special collectors version of the game dubbed Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition. The $120 version of Fallout 4 comes with a real working version of the Pip Boy and several other items that appeal to fans of the Fallout series.
The company and its retailer partners put the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition up for pre-order ahead of the game’s November 10th release date. And almost immediately, buyers were faced with stock shortages as retailers ran out of their initial allotment of Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition pre-orders.
In late June, Bethesda announced that its last allotment to retailers in the United States and Europe would be its last. The game is completely sold out in the United States and it’s not clear if retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop will release more stock in the buildup to the game’s release.
Obviously, this has left some buyers frustrated. One because the game is completely sold out and two because resellers on places like eBay are charging an arm and a leg for the rights to a pre-order.
There are reasons to buy the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition and reasons to skip it altogether. We recently put together some tips for those of you who are thinking about buying one between now and the game’s release. And today, we want to offer another tip that might be appealing to those of you that want the Pip Boy experience but can’t find or don’t want the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.
That tip? Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition alternatives.
Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Alternatives
If you want a Pip Boy that’s compatible with a smartphone and the Fallout 4 companion application, there are ways to acquire this very thing if you’re alright with it not coming from Bethesda itself.
There are a number of people selling Pip Boy replicas on places like Etsy. We’ve tracked down three awesome versions of the Pip Boy that appear to work with popular smartphones like the Galaxy S6, iPhone 5s and more.
What’s more is that from the pictures, they look like viable alternatives to the Pip Boy that Bethesda’s including in its collectors edition. They don’t come with a copy of Fallout 4 like the Pip Boy Edition though.
This Pip Boy 3500 from Etsy seller Jon Peters has been “scaled to fit the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 model phones.” Reviews from those that bought this version of the Pip Boy are solid with one user saying:
Purchased un-finished and assembled myself. It is an excellent build with lots of detail. It is true to Fallout 3 & 4. Can’t wait to see what the seller does with the new one. Excellent work and quick shipping.
Peters also has another version of the Pip Boy available. His Pip Boy 3000 is a little cheaper than the other model. It can also fit some smartphones as he lists it with phone case dimensions that measure 137 x 71 x 20 mm. Like the other model, this version also has solid reviews.
He’s not the only one selling Pip Boy replicas that work with phones. Another Etsy seller is offering another version of the Pip Boy 3000 that’s garnered excellent reviews and fits devices like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Like the other two, it’s DIY which means that it will require assembly on the user end.
The finished products look outstanding and they are certainly worth a look if you want a Pip Boy to use with the Fallout 4 companion application.
While they cost the same as the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition, it’s important to remember that Bethesda’s $120 bundle includes the Pip Boy, a copy of Fallout 4, and more. These alternatives are just working Pip Boys.
If you’re able to find the game in stock, by all means order it. But if you can’t find it or you want something a little different than Bethesda’s version, take a look at these alternatives and keep an eye out for others. We would expect to see this market heat up in response to the sell out.
Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Release Date
The most important thing that you need to know, as a prospective buyer or a future owner, is that the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition release date is the same date that Bethesda plans to release the regular old version of Fallout 4.
The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition release date is set for November 10th and from the looks of things, the company isn't anticipating any setbacks, even with the huge demand for the collectors edition. It has a production plan and it's sticking to it.
We don't expect the company to encounter any delays with the Fallout 4 release date and if you already ordered a Pip Boy Edition, you should expect to have it show up on your doorstep or the doorstep of a loved one in time for the holidays.