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Fallout 76: Which Edition to Buy?

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The Fallout 76 release date is confirmed and retailers are selling three versions of the game ahead of its arrival this fall. In this guide we’ll take you through your options and help you decide which Fallout 76 Edition is the right choice for you and your budget.

Bethesda’s finally revealed Fallout 76, an online game that puts players into the shoes of a vault dweller from Vault 76.

Fallout 76 features a massive map (four times the size of Fallout 4), quests, familiar Fallout-style combat, and base building called C.A.M.P. The game can be played alone, but you can also team up with a group of friends or strangers to traverse the wastelands of West Virginia.

If that sounds fun, you might be thinking about putting in a pre-order. Fallout 76 pre-orders are live and Bethesda and its retail partners are selling the standard version of the game, a deluxe version, and a far more expensive Power Armor Edition. It’s this year’s version of Fallout 4’s Pip-Boy Edition.

If you decide to pre-order a copy of Fallout 76 you’ll want to pre-order the correct version. This walkthrough will help you do just that.

Fallout 76 Standard Edition

The standard edition of Fallout 76 is the most basic version. It starts at $60, but you should be able to find a deal through a site like Amazon or NewEgg ahead of the game’s launch on November 14th.

As of right now there don’t appear to be any pre-order bonuses attached to the standard version of the game though you will get access to the game’s beta when it lands. The beta arrives on October 23rd for Xbox One and October 30th for the PC and PlayStation 4. All pre-orders, regardless of the edition, get you access to the beta.

The standard edition comes with the least amount of items, but it’s the cheapest version of Fallout 76. Here’s who should buy the standard version of the game:

  1. Newcomers to the Fallout series.
  2. People who don’t have a ton of time to play games and aren’t sure how much time they can or want to invest in an online RPG.

Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition

Retailers are selling a Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, also known as the Deluxe Edition, that comes with some extra goodies.

The Tricentennial Edition is $80, $20 more than the standard edition, and it comes with an assortment of in-game items that will help get you started.

The list of bonus in-game items includes Tricentennial Power Armor Customization for the T-51, T-45, T-60, and X-01 Power Armors, Tricentennial Weapon Customization for the 10MM Pistol, Hatchet, and Laser Rifle, a Vault Boy Mascot Head, an Uncle Sam Outfit, a Vault Boy Saluting Emote, Tricentennial Workshop Posters, and a Tricentennial Commemorative Photo Frame.

You should buy the Tricentennial version of the game if:

  • You plan to invest a lot of time into Fallout 76.
  • You’re really into customizing your characters.
  • You’re a collector and a huge Fallout fan.

Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition

Bethesda offered two versions of Fallout 4: A standard edition and the Pip-Boy Edition. The Pip-Boy Edition included a real Pip-Boy and sold out within weeks of Bethesda’s BE3 showcase.

This time around, Bethesda and its partners are selling a Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition. The Power Armor Edition requires a $200 investment without a deal, but it comes with a lot more than the standard and Tricentennial versions of the game.

In addition to a copy of Fallout 76, the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition includes:

  • Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with West Tek Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow-in-the-dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns and wildlife.
  • 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures and more to life.
  • Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.
  • Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!

You’ll also get access to the beta when it arrives in late October.

Now that the bundle is on sale through sites like Amazon, you’ll want to act quickly. Bethesda says supply is limited which means we will almost certainly see a sellout before the game’s release date in the fall.

So who should buy the Power Armor Edition? Simple: Huge fans of the Fallout series who love collectibles. If you aren’t a Fallout fanatic, you’re better off buying the standard or Deluxe version of the game.

Digital vs. Physical

You’ll also need to decide between a physical copy or a digital copy of the game.

If you buy the game with a disc, you’ll be able to sell it to a retailer like GameStop for credit toward another game once you start getting bored with Fallout 76’s world. You’ll also be able to sell the game for cash on sites like eBay or Craigslist if you prefer local currency.

If you buy the physical edition you’ll be able to easily lend the game to a friend, family member, or co-worker if they want to try before buying or if you simply want to take a break.

If you buy the digital version of Fallout 76, you’ll be able avoid damage to a disc and cut down on the clutter around your entertainment center.

If you’re the type of person who misplaces discs or if you’re someone who lives with a destructive child, think about going with a digital copy.

There’s also that convenience factor. Instead of having to pull out the Fallout 76 disc from a case or sleeve every time you want to play, you’ll be able to jump right in once your console boots up.

Finally, buying it digitally will allow you to play Fallout 76 as soon as possible.

Microsoft’s confirmed a pre-load which means you’ll be able to load up the game before its November 14th release date and play right when the clock strikes 9PM Pacific, 12AM Eastern on release day.

If you want to be among the first to play the full version of Fallout 76, you’ll want to pre-order the digital version.

Xbox One X Fallout 76 Bundle

Fallout 76 is an Xbox One X enhanced game which means those of you with a 4K television might be thinking about making an upgrade to Microsoft’s console this fall.

Microsoft recently announced a brand new $499 Xbox One X Fallout 76 bundle that comes with a 1TB console, a controller, and a copy of the game.

You’ll also get a free month of Xbox Game Pass and a free month of Xbox Live Gold.

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Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

If you want the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, you'll want to pre-order.

The Power Armor Edition is a $200 bundle that nets you a copy of the game and some unique items. These items include:


  • Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with West Tek Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.

  • Glow-in-the-Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow-in-the-dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns and wildlife.

  • 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures and more to life.

  • Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.

  • Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!

Bethesda says supply is going to be limited which means it could sell out completely before launch this November. The bundle is currently sold out at many retailers with no word on when stock will return. Amazon recently got resupplied, but the stock sold out within hours. 

If you went through the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition debacle back in 2015 and want to avoid a similar disaster this year, make sure you pre-order the game.

Most retailers will let you cancel for free if you decide you don't want to spend $200. 

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