The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition is one of the year’s hottest products and it remains hard to find even now. We’ve been using the Pip Boy and there are a few things we think you should know about it.
I’m a huge fan of the Fallout series. Elder Scrolls too. So you can imagine my excitement when Bethesda took the stage at E3 2015 to announce a follow-up to one of my favorite video games of all time (Fallout 3).
Bethesda also announced a Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition in June and I had to have it. Like many others, I put in a pre-order right after the collectors edition went on sale. Little did I know that I would become one of the lucky ones.
The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition sold out within a few weeks here in the United States and it has been hard (but not impossible) to find since.
You can imagine my excitement when Fallout 4 began shipping earlier this week, my Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition along with it. While some people ran into problems at various retailers, Amazon got my Xbox One Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition out to me problem-free.
Like many others, I ripped open yesterday’s delivery. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a video game. (Note: I also bought the Fallout 4 Loot Crate.)
After spending the past day with the Pip Boy app and the Pip Boy, I’ve learned a few things. Today I want to share them with you because I think they’ll help current owners, those of you still waiting, and those of you trying to decide if the Pip Boy Edition is worth it.
Fallout 4 Pip Boy Setup
As a reminder, the Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition comes with more than a copy of the game and a Pip Boy. You also get a stand for the Pip Boy, a steel case for the game, foam inserts, and a collectible box. The bundle retails for $120 but it’s hard to find for that price right now.
After opening the box and getting everything out, you’re going to need get the Pip Boy setup This requires a little bit of time and energy and I suggest setting aside 20-30 minutes so that you can get everything situated. You’ll also want to read the instruction manual because opening it up and adjusting it is tricky.
You’ll also want to spend some time with the Pip Boy application for iOS or Android. You can use this application to interact with your character’s inventory and more.
After removing the tab from the battery (there is a power light that you can turn on and off) and the placeholder screen from inside the device, you’ll want to put your phone in. The foam inserts and instructions don’t mention the iPhone 6s but if you own an iPhone 6s, you’ll be fine. It fits provided you use the right foam inserts.
Once you have everything up and running, it looks and functions a lot like a real Pip Boy though it’s important to note that the dials and knobs don’t do anything.
Don’t Press The Black Button
It looks like a real Pip Boy though I’m pretty confident that Sole Survivor’s Pip Boy is better than the one around my wrist.
Bethesda’s Pip Boy is made of plastic and while it looks great, it feels cheap. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that the Pip Boy Edition was only $120, $60 more than the regular version of the game.
What did surprise me though was how easily it broke. Like any grown adult with a new toy, I started fiddling with the knobs and dials and buttons. Unfortunately, I pressed down on the black rectangular button on the top of the Pip Boy and that button has now recessed into the device.
After a quick search, I discovered I’m not the only one with this problem. Plenty of other people pushed down on the button.
I (of course) made it worse by trying to get it unstuck with a screwdriver and a butter knife. If I want to fix it, it looks like I’m going to have to unscrew the device and pop up back into place. I haven’t tried yet and will let you know if I’m able to get it repaired.
Moral of story: Don’t press down on that button and be careful with everything else. It honestly feels like all of the pieces could break at any moment.
I Probably Won’t Be Wearing It While I Play
I’ve tried playing Fallout 4 with the Pip Boy strapped to my wrist. (Note: I am 31 years old.) Results, right now, are mixed.
It feels neat but it became a burden after awhile. The Pip Boy is pretty lightweight but it started nagging at my wrist and arm. I got tired of wearing it after 30 minutes and I think a lot of people are going to end up doing what I did:
Mounting it on the stand for people to gawk at when they come over. It’s probably the coolest $60 smartphone case ever made.
Using the Pip Boy with Fallout 4
The Pip Boy App itself is awesome and I’ve already started using it a whole bunch without the Pip Boy strapped to my wrist.
I’m using the iOS version of the app and I’ve found that it’s extremely stable. Some people are complaining about issues with the map but I haven’t run into this problem.
I think my use of the app will be mixed. It’s nice that I’m able to quickly pull up information (map, quests, inventory) while you’re playing but I think I’ll also pull it up when I’m offline.
I can already imagine myself laying in bed planning out my next move, researching the items in my inventory, and taking note of different locations on the map.
Is The Fallout 4 Pip Boy Edition Worth Buying?
If you are a hardcore Fallout fan, you probably already bought one. If you’re a hardcore Fallout fan and you haven’t bought one yet, I think it’s worth $120. Especially if you cosplay or collect Fallout items and gear.
If you’re new to the series or you’re a casual fan (or if the person you’re buying for is one of those), I don’t think it’s worth more than $120.
I’m a huge Fallout fan and you probably won’t catch me wearing it around. In fact, there’s a good chance it will collect dust on a shelf in my room or closet once the novelty wears off.
How to Fix Fallout 4 Problems Right Now
Now that Fallout 4 is in the hands on gamers around the world, we're starting to hear about some of the problems plaguing the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of the game. We've outlined many of these early Fallout 4 problems here.
Fallout 4 problems will continue to emerge in the days, weeks and perhaps years ahead. Heck, gamers are still complaining about Skyrim problems.
Fortunately, there are ways to fix many of these issues. We've put together a list of common Fallout 4 problems and fixes for those problems. The list is a great place to start if you're running into problems on Xbox One, PS4 or PC and you can't wait for a patch.
How to Pre-Order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Today
This is how to pre-order the new Xbox in 2020. On September 22nd you can pre-order the Xbox Series X for release day delivery, or at least for delivery as soon as possible. You will want to plan on pre-ordering the new Xbox if you want one in your hands anytime soon.
The Xbox Series X Pre-Orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd. The Xbox Series S pre-orders start at the same time. Here are our Xbox Series X release date tips and tricks, what you need to know about problems, and how to find the Xbox Series X in stock.
The Xbox Series X is $499 and the Xbox Series S is $299. You can pre-order these at Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. If you buy from Microsoft you can even get a payment plan as low as $24.99 a month.
The Xbox Series X release date is November 10th, and it is the same for both models. Here is how to pre-order if you want a new Xbox this fall. These links work for both models.
Here is a look at where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. The pre-orders start later this month and we are still waiting to find the exact time that pre-orders start. Right now most of the retailers have a landing page, and some will allow you to get an email notification when more info is available.
Microsoft Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
Head over to Microsoft to sign up and get notified when Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders go live. You can also check out information about the consoles and you can learn more about the payment plan options through Xbox All Access.
Amazon Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
Amazon offers a landing page for the Xbox Series X, and soon we expect to see one for the Series S. This page lets you see more about the console and sign up for notifications by email.
GameStop Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
GameStop offers a landing page, where you can sign up for information. You can also expect this page to turn into a sales page closer to the start of pre-orders.
Best Buy Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
The Best Buy Xbox Series X pre-order page lets yo using up for more information and when the pre-orders start you will be able to buy the console directly on this link.
Target Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
Save the Target landing page to pre-order the Xbox Series X online when the pre-orders start on September 22nd.
Walmart Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details
Walmart allows you to sing up for a notification when pre-orders start, and to check out more information about the console.
5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips & Tricks to Get One Today
Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S? We have a collection of tips that will help you avoid pre-order problems and increase the chances that you get a new console on release day. The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start at 11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific on September 22nd.
Check Account Passwords Now
When the Xbox Series X pre-orders start you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.
This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months.
Update Payment Information
While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.
The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.
Be Ready to Checkout
Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.
Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.
Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.
Use Websites Not Apps
Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.
It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.
You Can Always Cancel Later
If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.
You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.
It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.
How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock
Here’s how to find the Xbox Series X in stock and how to find the Xbox Series S in stock. This can help you get a new Xbox on release day or at least in 2020 without paying marked-up prices on eBay.
The Xbox Series S is available for $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Both consoles are out of stock at many retailers, but they are going in and out of stock throughout the day.
We have links on where to check for the Xbox Series X in stock, and a guide on how to get a notification when the Xbox Series X is in stock at a retailer so that you can quickly order one.
Where to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock
The Xbox Series X is sold at several stores directly, and you can buy it on eBay if you are willing to pay a premium. Here’s a rundown of where you can check the Xbox Series X stock manually, which is smart to do as it can give you an edge in some cases.
- Check Amazon Xbox Series X Stock
- Check Microsoft Xbox Series X Stock
- Check Best Buy Xbox Series X Stock
- Check GameStop Xbox Series X Stock
- Check Walmart Xbox Series X Stock
- Check Target Xbox Series X Stock
You can also use these links to check for the Xbox Series S in stock to save $100 if you don’t need a disc drive.
- Check Amazon Xbox Series S Stock
- Check Microsoft Xbox Series S Stock
- Check Best Buy Xbox Series S Stock
- Check GameStop Xbox Series S Stock
- Check Walmart Xbox Series S Stock
- Check Target Xbox Series S Stock
Most of these retailers let you sign up for an in-stock alert. You can also do in-store pre-orders at some GameStop locations, but quantities may already be spoken for.
How to Find the Xbox Series X in Stock
If you don’t want to manually check the stock at stores, you can sign up to get tracking alerts from NowInStock. These are great in addition to any in-stock alerts that the retailers allow you to set up directly.
- Go to the Xbox Series X page on NowInStock.
- Register for a free account at NowInStock.
- Check your inbox for a verification email and click the correct link to verify.
- Go back to the Xbox Series X NowInStock page.
- Click Add/Manage alerts in the right corner of the screen.
- Add an item to track it.
You can get browser alerts, text alerts, or email alerts when the model you want is in stock.
You can also see the history of when the Xbox Series X is in stock at specific retailers. Use this to know when you should manually check or when you should expect an alert.
How to Get an Xbox Series X Right Now
While you can’t get the Xbox Series X right now, if you don’t want to mess with a retailer or waiting for pre-orders to start back up when small amounts trickle in, you can look for a reseller on eBay.
People are already reselling their Xbox Series X pre-orders on eBay for a several hundred dollar premium.
Be careful to read the listing, we’ve already spotted someone selling a piece of paper pretending to be a PS5, and there will doubtlessly be other questionable listings. eBay is pretty good at closing those down on pre-orders like this, but just be cautious.
Xbox Series X Deals: Save with Trade-Ins
You can buy the Xbox Series X for $300 if you trade in an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Here are the best Xbox Series X deals and Series S deals when you trade in your old console.
GameStop offers a range of Xbox Series X deals when you trade in an old console. This works for the Xbox Series S as well.
- $200 – Xbox One X or PS4 Pro
- $175 – Nintendo Switch or PS4 1TB
- $125 – Nintendo Switch Lite, Xbox One S, PS4 500GB
- $100 – Xbox One 500GB
These trade in deals last until November 30th, so you have time to order and then bring your console in when you upgrade.
You can start the process online, or you can go into a local GameStop. If you are trying to pre-order the Xbox Series X at GameStop, you can do it in store when the online pre-orders open. Keep in mind that there may be lines.
Given the time frame of this deal, your best bet is to wait until you get your Xbox Series X from GameStop and trade in at pickup and put the $200 towards the console.
PS5 Pre-Order Problems: What You Need To Know
If you are running into PS5 pre-order problems you are not alone. We experienced a collection of pre-order problems last night and some continue through today.
This is what you need to know about the PS5 pre-order problems and errors, plus what you can do about some of them.
PS5 Pre-Order Errors
Retailer websites broke under the string of PS5 pre-orders this week. These problems included error pages and some checkout systems going completely offline.
This appears to be better right now, but as the PS5 is in stock again at retailers this could flare up over the coming weeks.
There is nothing for you to do since this is on the retailer end. Simply try again.
PS5 Out of Stock
The PS5 is out of stock at most retailers, which is a problem in itself. Supply of the PS5 is low, likely in part to COVID and standard console launch constraints, so it is inevitable.
We have a guide on how you can find the PS5 in stock. We have direct links to check stock and a way to get notifications.
Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that.
Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details.
And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/h1TaGsGBun
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 19, 2020
PS5 Removed from Cart and Checkout Problems
The most annoying PS5 pre-order problem we experienced was not being able to checkout with the PS5 Digital Edition in our cart.
This happened to us at Target because we had to add a new payment method.
If you ran into this on day one, you can make sure that your accounts are up to date and ready for when the PS5 is back in stock.
PS5 Accessories Out of Stock
Another major issue that we are seeing, and that will be a big problem near Christmas, is that the accessories will be out of stock.
Controllers, cameras, and other accessories are already tough to find. If you see one in stock, snap it up. You can always cancel the order if you find a different one that you want.
PS5 Pre-Order Not Coming on Release Day
Amazon sent out warnings to PS5 pre-order holders to let them know that they might not actually get their PS5 on November 12th.
There is still a good chance that Amazon will be able to deliver on time, especially with the recent promise of more pre-orders, but you should temper your expectations.
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