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For the game, see Fallout 4 VR.
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VSS sim pod

Virtual reality or VR is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world, in environments to generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual environment.


Virtual reality was used by the United States Armed Forces and the Vault-Tec Corporation for the purposes of education and training. Similar to video games, virtual reality can include entertainment (i.e. experiencing old memories) and educational purposes. Specialized equipment is required to experience virtual reality, such as the Visiontron or SimTek 5000. Pre-War VR programs can be played via holotape, or otherwise coded from scratch.[1]

Before the war, the company Virtual Strategic Solutions worked as a private contractor for the U.S. Army, developing virtual training aids for various combat situations. At its Washington, D.C. facility, they produced the virtual reality Anchorage Reclamation simulation. It was also responsible for installing a VR system in the Mount Desert Island Naval Facility[2] which was later overwritten by DiMA to serve as secure storage for memories he didn't want to remember, but couldn't afford to forget.[3]

Known VR simulatorsEdit

There are several locations with VR simulators, utilized for a variety of purposes. Vault 13's SimTek 5000 simulated the outside world for preparation for leaving a vault.[4][5] Vault-Tec's Tranquility Lane simulation in Vault 112 as well as Virtual Strategic Solutions, Inc.'s Anchorage Reclamation simulation in the VSS facility, labeled "SIM-U-TEC Chamber 003," were virtual representations of real world situations, in the latter being used for military training. The VR pods in Goodneighbor's Memory Den allow individuals to relive past memories. An interface on the USS Democracy allows for virtual reality to be used as a security mechanism. Virtual reality pods are used as flight simulators at Nellis Air Force Base and there are also VR simulators in the Brotherhood of Steel Hidden Valley bunker, used for combat exercises,[6][7] and the X-13 research facility at Big MT.[8] The VR room at Big MT was destroyed by one of the staff members after it caused several deaths.[9]


Name Description Appearances Developer
SimTek 5000 Fallout
USS Democracy simulation Virtual reality repurposed as a security mechanism Far Harbor Virtual Strategic Solutions
Tranquility Lane simulation A prototype life simulation in Vault 112 designed and run by Stanislaus Braun as part of the vault experiment of prolonged living in a VR simulation. Along with Tranquility Lane, the simulation also supported Toucan Lagoon and Slalom Chalet simulations.[10] Fallout 3 Future-Tec
Anchorage Reclamation simulation A simulation designed to recreate the military aspects of the Battle of Anchorage, resulting in actual death if the subject dies in the simulation. Operation: Anchorage Virtual Strategic Solutions
Flight simulators at Nellis Air Force Base Used as flight simulators before the war to train pilots. Post-War, the Boomers utilize them in the same way. Fallout: New Vegas Unknown
VR simulators in the Hidden Valley bunker Training simulators used by the Mojave Brotherhood of Steel. Fallout: New Vegas Unknown
Broken VR A broken VR room in the X-13 research facility at Big MT. Old World Blues Big MT
Memory Den Simulation pods that allow access to past memories. Fallout 4 Unknown


Virtual reality appears in Fallout, Fallout 3 and its add-on Operation: Anchorage, Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Old World Blues, Fallout 4 and its add-on Far Harbor.



  1. The Courier: "Did you make the training VR yourself?"
    Lars Taggart: "Not far from it. When we reclaimed this bunker, I found a number of VR tapes. Most were corrupted, but a few programs still ran. Using those as my foundation, I was able to code the training VR, as well as other applications."
    (Lars Taggart's dialogue)
  2. The Nucleus terminal entries; Captain Wabash's terminal, SUBJ: VR System
  3. Events of Best Left Forgotten
  4. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Page 2-1: "The Vault-Tec Research Group has determined that after a long period of security, many Vault-Dwellers will feel “uncomfortable” with the idea of returning to the outside world. The SimTek 5000 will provide a safe and reassuring return to life on the outside world. This chapter will give you a brief walk-through of the operation of the SimTek 5000."
  5. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 3: "Vault-Tec Limited Liability Information
    These scenarios were developed through scientific projections obtained from roughly 15,000,000 documented tests using the SimTek 5000, Vault-Tec’ Science Service’s most advanced post-nuclear simulation. The Vault-Tec Documentation Department has used the most likely projections as the basis for this guide. As this information was gleamed through simulation, we can not guarantee 100% accuracy. It is possible that things aboveground will be worse. For this reason, we must remind and implore you that your only real safety lies in a comfortable and sensible life underground."
  6. The Courier: "Do all of the brothers use this equipment?"
    Lars Taggart: "Everyone in the base has to spend a minimum of five hours a week running tactical simulations, but outside that, interest is scarce. It wasn't always this way. When we first moved into the bunker, everyone was so excited that the VR systems were intact. Over time, though, my fellows have become listless and less entertained by the wonders of the technology around us. That's why Apprentice Watkins is such a joy to work with. Her unbridled enthusiasm for virtual combat is unparalleled."
    (Lars Taggart's dialogue)
  7. Icon cut Simulation note
  8. The Courier: "How has Nellis taught your people to fly?"
    Pete: "Once we restored power, we learned that some elaborate chairs we'd been sleeping in were actually virtual reality simulators. We believe they were used to train combat pilots. We use them extensively. I alone have shot down over 500 Chinese Xian-85 fighters! Before you ask, I'm afraid there's no way you can be allowed to use the simulators. They are for our use only. Sorry."
    (Pete's dialogue)
  9. VR simulation note
  10. Tranquility Lane terminal entries
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