这台冲击原型机的外形整体上和普通的特斯拉加农炮差不多，炮身上发出的光芒为橙色而非蓝色，而且整个炮管上都环绕着网状的电流稳定器。它的外壳上有很多的指示灯以及裸露的导线，这些都暗示着它只是一台实验用原型机。早期的遊戲版本里，这玩意儿一炮要消耗45发能量包，现在它一次装填24发电池，一炮消耗6发，不过相应的，原本的范围伤害能力也被移除了。由于还处在实验阶段，所以这武器很不结实，the need for constant repair makes it a less practical weapon for repeated use.
The Tesla-Beaton prototype is one of the most expensive weapons to repair to 100% from poor condition at over 20,000 caps, rivaling Gatling lasers and plasma casters.
The glow on the outside shows the arcing electricity to be orange in color, but if looking down the barrel in third person, it looks green. Whether this was intentional is unknown.
Because the Tesla-Beaton uses 6 electron charge packs per shot, it's only possible to get 1 empty electron charge pack from firing the Beaton, the same with all energy weapons that use more than 1 cell per shot.
Due to it previously firing only 1 shot per reload, it ejects electron charge packs every shot, which is strange, considering only one is loaded. Also, the electron charge pack will not appear after one shot is fired, and the end of the cannon is retracted, but it still ejects another per shot.
The Tesla cannon was originally to be featured in the canceled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2, bearing no resemblance to the weapon in Broken Steel. Described as a "high-powered mass-cannon throwing tessellated plasma forward in an orgy of death and destruction" in the Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2 design document, it was to be the so-called "uber-weapon" of player character Maxus. "Uber-weapons" were to be unique weapons for each player character which had to be assembled from 5 parts over the course of the game, or the player could have a NPC assemble one for them. One of the five parts for this weapon was a Tesla coil.
Nikola Tesla really did try to create a directed energy weapon but it would have been a particle beam weapon called a "Teleforce," something that would be immensely complicated to create.
Has platform::Playstation 3 In some cases, the clear encasing on the cannon will not show the Tesla coil animation and instead always stay glowing orange, reloading a saved game or fast traveling will fix this. [已核实]
Has platform::Playstation 3Has platform::Xbox 360 After patch 1.5/220.127.116.114, when looking from third person, the Tesla-Beaton prototype will eject the electron charge pack in the back of the cannon after the first shot, and then seemingly eject electron charge packs out of nowhere during any shots after the first one. This can be remedied by reloading after each shot, though it is not recommended. [已核实]