3 Reasons Not to Buy Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition
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3 Reasons Not to Buy Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition



Bethesda’s Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition has proven to be a hot commodity in the weeks since pre-orders went live and it’s now extremely difficult to find. While it’s scarce, many people are still going to investigate if it’s worth buying in the buildup to its release in November. And while there are reasons to consider buying it, there are also some reasons why you might not want to buy the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.

In early June, Bethesda hosted its first major E3 press conference at E3 2015 in Los Angeles. There, the company detailed several new titles including Dishonored 2, a new Doom, and a new installment in the Fallout series called Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 is a successor to Fallout 3 (2008) and Fallout New Vegas (2010). The game has been a long time coming and it will finally make its way to shelves on November 10th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Owners of older consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 will not be able to pick up Bethesda’s new game.

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In addition to a regular version of the game, Bethesda’s also offering a collectors edition that comes with several items including a real life version of the Pip Boy that the game’s main character wears to check his or her stats, inventory, and more. The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition went on sale alongside the regular version of the game earlier this month but it’s already sold out ahead of its release.

We’re expecting to see stock periodically appear at retailers and we’re also expecting a sizable reseller’s market in the months before its November release. It’s hard to find but it won’t be impossible to buy.

There are certainly some great reasons to try and find this version of Fallout 4. There are also some reasons why you may not want to waste your money or time trying to track a copy down. Here are a few reasons why you might not want to buy the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition for PS4, Xbox One or PC.

Doesn’t Work With Your Phone

Let’s start with the most obvious reason to avoid the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition.

Earlier this month, Bethesda detailed which phones will support the Pip Boy. As a reminder, the Pip Boy is a gadget that you can wear on your wrist. And with a smartphone attached, you’ll be able to access in-game Fallout 4 information like your inventory. It mirrors the experience in the actual game. Unfortunately, it won’t work with every phone.

The device will work with iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy S4. The company also says that “using the customizable foam insert you should be able to fit most other popular smartphone devices.” In other words, if your phone is similar in size to any of the aforementioned devices, it should work with the Pip Boy.


If your phone is bigger than any of those phones, it won’t fit the Pip Boy. That means that popular phones like the iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note 3 will not fit inside the Pip Boy. Those are extremely popular phones but it doesn’t look like Bethesda is going to budge.

So unless you own a number of different phones or plan to keep the Pip Boy in a glass case on your shelf, you won’t want to waste your energy tracking down stock.

Remember, the companion Fallout 4 app that allows you to interact with your game on the phone will work with any phone. You just won’t be able to simulate the Pip Boy experience.

It’s Expensive

If you’re somehow able to find stock or someone willing to sell the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition at face value, you’re going to have to shell out $120. That’s a lot for a video game so unless you’re invested in the Fallout universe or you’re a collector, you’re probably better served spending that money on something else.

And that’s just if you find the game for $120. Now that it’s sold out, it’s a resellers dream. We’ve already seen a number of copies show up on eBay for $200+ and we expect that price to increase as we move closer to the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition release date in November.


The Pip Boy is much cooler than most items that come in a special bundle but again, it probably won’t be worth $200+ to most of you. That’s a lot to pay for a piece of plastic that sits on your wrist, especially if you have no connection to the Fallout universe.

You Won’t Actually Use It

We pre-ordered the Pip Boy because we have an emotional attachment to the Fallout series. Many others did the same. Point is, you shouldn’t waste your time or money on the game unless you think you’ll actually put it to good use.

Don’t fork over your cold hard cash just because the game is sold out and popular. Don’t buy the game if you’re planning to rip a fan of the game off. And don’t buy it if you think it’s just going to sit on a shelf collecting dust.


Buy it for the right reasons. Because you love Fallout. Because you think you’ll use it during the game. Because you’ll find a use for it after you’re done enjoying it. Maybe that’s selling it to someone else that was unable to buy it during the rush.

If you aren’t sure if you’ll use it or not, wait for reviews to come out in November and then decide. It’s going to be expensive and hard to find but there will be ways to buy.

10 Important Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Details

Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Release Date

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. 



  1. vaultdweller

    07/01/2015 at 10:06 am

    You’re just mad because it’s already completely sold out in the U.S. almost two weeks since the date of this article.

  2. Bret Adams

    07/01/2015 at 2:31 pm

    Can I just say this is the most pointless article I have read in a long long time. You bought the pip boy for the same reason I want one. Emotional attachment. I’m gonna put that thing in a display case with a print off of the UI sitting in it. This is no more espensive than a collectors edition of something else that comes with a statue that “doesn’t work with your phone”. You guys send me your preorder receipt and I’ll gladly take that useless thing off your hands

    • The Kid from Vault 101

      07/08/2015 at 12:56 pm

      Exactly, this is such a stupid article. How is $120.00 expensive, when there’s COD collectors editions for $300? Maybe you’re mad or had a deadline to meet, but none of this was really informative or necessary.

  3. Lio

    07/06/2015 at 4:48 pm

    U Mad Bro?

  4. Bret Adams

    07/06/2015 at 4:51 pm

    Naw just wanted to give them their A+ in journalism

  5. amavocet

    07/08/2015 at 11:14 am

    Those are not valid reasons for me.

    1. It works with my phone. The only phones it won’t work with are those that are too large to fit the Pip-Boy. To make it work with those, Bethesda would have had to distort the Pip-Boy to fit those few phones. Old smartphones are cheap; buy one just for your Pip-Boy!

    2. $60 is expensive for a working Pip-Boy? Oh, wait. You’re complaining about the price of scalped Pip-Boy editions. That, I think, is a separate issue and no reason not to have purchased this when it became available.

    3. I won’t use it? I cosplay Fallout at ECC and PAX every year, and somebody always asks, “Where’s your Pip-Boy?” If I could get one of these, my costume would be complete!

  6. James

    07/09/2015 at 11:45 am

    What’s wrong with u? Ur obviously not a video game fan or ur poor! I forked out over $800 on eBay for a clap trap edition borderlands cuz I’m a fan and wanted it. Go back to band camp u loser

  7. Aladdin

    07/10/2015 at 1:48 am

    In response to all you losers bashing on the writer, all I have to say is that you clearly haven’t read this article properly. He in no way gives any irrelevant information. He gave relevant information but you’re too blind to understand that because you’re nerd raging pointlessly. All he’s talking about is how people should buy this edition if you actually have a) a proper phone that will work with the pip boy, otherwise it’s useless to you b) enough money since games are really expensive and in my opinion, no actually not even an opinion, more like FACT that only an idiot would buy a 300 dollar game edition (I don’t know what moron spent 300 dollars on a COD edition) and c) Actually using the pip boy instead of just throwing it somewhere and leaving it to collect dust. I personally am with anyone that wants to put it in a cabinet and keep it as a prize, that’s cool!! But I’m shocked all of you are implying he’s butthurt when he clearly is not, he is just giving us reasons as to why you shouldn’t buy it, since not EVERYONE should buy this.

    Lastly, James you said you spent 800 dollars on a borderlands clap trap edition? Eight hundred dollars? Seriously? For gods sake son get a life and put that money to good use! 800 dollars for a video game collector’s edition? Unbelievable….

    • Michael Allen Schradle

      07/22/2015 at 1:00 pm

      Were gamer’s man it’s what we do.

      • rhylanis

        07/26/2015 at 12:12 pm

        exactly its what we do lol

        • hatchels22

          11/15/2015 at 1:48 pm

          No! Gamers don’t shell out hundreds of dollars to get a limited edition of a certain game for that one little piece of plastic that will more than likely break, fail to meet expectation, or end up collecting dust in a box tucked away in a storage area. Gamers get the stuff relevant to what they need to enjoy the game. I WANTED to get the Ghost edition of Destiny, but it would have just ended up in a corner somewhere. And as far as the Pip-boy goes, it would be cool to use it to feel immersed in the game, but I would get to distracted by it, and the immersion would be broken due to cheap deaths while I was paying attention to it.

          I seriously don’t know what has happened to the gaming community. We all use to be about having fun, and competitive where it mattered. Now it’s all about how much money you dump into useless crap to have the biggest collection of crap that will never be touched after the initial opening (if it even gets opened at all).

  8. Bobz68

    07/22/2015 at 12:44 am

    If you were my mother i’d understand these reasons : It’s too expensive, you won’t use it ..

    But on a blogpost, c’mon.

  9. Michael Allen Schradle

    07/22/2015 at 12:58 pm

    Ill pay 200 bucks for the whole thing no problem maybe if i get the dosh 300. Most people who have bought this are fans that’s what worries us other fans (And i mean nukka cola running through our veins “fans”) is that we won’t have another chance at this low a cost the listings are already up to 300$+ and are more than likely going to go up. are you perhaps making this article to lull us into a sense of false security so we true fans end up paying you crazy caps for your pipboy later? To anyone who needs and i mean needs a pipboy like me it may be best to buy it quick if you have a chance at a good price.

    • rhylanis

      07/26/2015 at 12:18 pm

      also id like to point out that some community colleges offer mettalworking classes and with those it wouldnt be that hard to make your own pip boy out of metal, plus with all the smartphone parts out there you can actually make a working slap on wrist pip boy if you have the smarts and know how… or have friends that do metalworking and then since it wouldnt be oficial product you can have it custom fit to your wrist… hm might try designing my own pip boy…. time to get to work on it :P

  10. Jared Mullen

    08/03/2015 at 4:57 pm

    how much yall think they will go for the closer to release/after release? already they are going for up to 389 with free shipping on ebay. could it increase to $500+

  11. Leon

    08/25/2015 at 7:11 am

    Ttt … i am a fan of the game, yep , but also a grown up dud..
    truly agree that geting some game stuff is a nice to have tanny
    i disagree that it should cast so much
    its not logical

    and about using it…. for some grown up peoples its literally not a matter of choice!
    try explaining your wife that instead of taking her on vac or buying her new gold earnings you buy … mmm … “junk”
    the outcome … oh ,painful …

  12. Dick Johnson

    09/17/2015 at 5:21 pm

    Some one is salty for not getting it on time and too poor to buy it off resellers, boo-hoo, get a better paying job, boy

  13. Jim Rhodes

    10/28/2015 at 11:04 am

    “get a better paying job”. Yeah, sure. Just like that. HURRRDURRRRP, boy.

    • Tony Smith

      01/06/2016 at 8:50 pm

      It’s called getting your ass out there and giving a shit about your life.

  14. Rick

    11/12/2015 at 1:58 am

    Yeah, nah. Someone could give me one of these for free and I couldn’t get rid of it quick enough. So what if you’re a gamer or not – that thing is well gay. If you think its that cool wear it out and see how cool other people think it is. It’s an expensive gimmick, who is really gonna strap that on and use it when they play? Whatever face value you pay for that today don’t kid yourself it’s an investment -what will it be worth this time next year or 5 or 10 years? Hell what are any of these exclusive editions worth in the long run? But hey if it’s your thing and that’s what floats your boat then good luck to you, but to a lot of us it’s a case of the emperor has a new suit of clothes.

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