|For the Pip-Boy in Fallout 76, see Pip-Boy 2000 Mark VI.|
It is a very specialized piece of pre-war equipment that was used primarily by travelers. It displays information in bright green on its black 5" x 3" screen. It can record sound and video footage for later playback. If left alone in the main screen, a screen saver of falling atom bombs can be seen. The Pip-Boy 2000 will wish you a "Happy New Year!" on January 1st, a "Happy Valentine's Day!" on February 14th, a "Happy All Fools Day!" on April 1st, a "Happy Independence Day!" on July 4th, a "Happy Halloween!" on October 31st, a "Happy Thanksgiving!" on November 28th, and a "Merry Christmas!" on December 25th.
The device primary uses are monitoring the user's health and mapping the surrounding terrain via powerful satellite uplinks (where available) and sonar imaging (with the option to call up large map blocks of several hundred miles). Other features include a buddy chat program, timer and alarm function, cabling extensions to motion sensors as well as a personal log system, reading material storage and even simple games.
It can record sound and video footage for later playback. Using a simple but elegant form of sonar and satellite tracking (where available), this model can map out areas where its user travels. Though input is slow, a user can also hand-enter and edit text messages on their Pip-Boy 2000s. The Pip-Boy 2000 was worn on the user's wrist. [Non-canon 1] These models were, among others, owned by the Vault Dweller and Chosen One. A modified model stamped with B.E. was used by the Warrior.
The Pip-Boy 2000 includes four buttons, each with its own function, and one broken button (at least in the one which belonged to the Vault Dweller and later the Chosen One). The broken button was going to have a "clue" feature, as can be seen by the decayed letters.
- Status: The Status will display any quests the budding adventurer in one has been attempting to perform. Completed quests, if any, will be crossed out, but still visible, to provide that "good feeling" in when checking back the Status. Replaced with "Briefings" in Tactics which contain an audio file of a briefing and the same file as text.
- Automaps: Advances in terrain renderization allow the Pip-Boy 2000 to store automaps of any location the wearer visits during their journeys. The Automaps button will display all of the automaps the Pip-Boy 2000 has in its memory. Replaced with simply "Maps" in Fallout Tactics that contains a full-color image of the area and information on the specific parts of the map.
- Archives: Including a video recorder, the PIP-Boy 2000 saves filmic events that might occur. Here they can be watched all again, in full playback mode, including the Overseer Briefing and Vault 13 Water video. In Fallout Tactics the feature works exactly the same with some videos available sicj as tuorial videos and Boot Camp video.
- Clues: In the Pip-Boy which belonged to Vault Dweller, this button is broken and the letters are decayed. Its name was visible only in the Fallout demo, and the demo's files revealed that it was intended to keep track of various clues the player character receives, much like a journal.
- Close: The Close button will power down the Pip-Boy 2000 and release one from its high-resolution monochromatic graphics.
Linguistic and medical enhancements
In Fallout 2, there are enhancements that are designed only to work with a Pip-Boy such as the one worn by the Chosen One. The game contains two such enhancement modules, Linguistic and Medical. Both of these are obtained in New Reno, with the medical enhancement being one of the most obscure items in the game. Both of the enhancements are one of a kind.
The Warrior in Fallout Tactics uses a toned-down version of the original Pip-Boy. It uses the same Green & Black configuration as the original, but with higher resolution. The B.E. version also contains support for full-color map files and high quality audio briefings. The B.E. version also contains a slot for the calendar-clock and an alarm, but the slots are empty.
- Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.4–20—4–21: "ROBCO PIPBOY 2000
To help Vault Dwellers record information (and information is extremely valuable, in fact, it might be the most valuable weapon we have against the end of civilization, so pay attention!), Vault-Tec has selected the RobCo Industries RobCo PIPBoy 2000 as the Personal Information Processor of choice for its Vault Dwellers.
The RobCo PIPBoy 2000 (hereafter called the PIPBoy), is a handy device that you wear on your wrist. It’s small, especially by today’s standards, and it will store a goodly amount of information for you. And using modern super-deluxe resolution graphics to boot!"