Bethesda Unveils New $350 Fallout Pip-Boy With Integrated Screen, Bluetooth Connectivity
In last year's E3, Bethesda unveiled a real-life Pip Boy. The device was a working smartphone casing that allowed gamers to slide in their smartphones to use them like an actual Pip-Boy in Fallout 4.
The Pip-Boy saw massive demand, with stores seeing restocks almost immediately run out. Auctions on eBay for the device went up as high as $2,000, showing just how much Fallout 4 fans wanted to get their hands on the gimmick device.
Looking to again tap into the device's popularity, Bethesda has unveiled a new model of the Pip-Boy at this year's E3, and it looks like demand for the new Pip-Boy will reach even greater heights.
Named the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition, it is no longer simply a smartphone case that gamers can wear on their arms. The new Pip-Boy features an integrated screen with onboard hardware and software, and is capable of pairing up with the user's smartphone through a Bluetooth connection.
By connecting the new Pip-Boy to a smartphone, gamers will be able to make and receive phone calls, receive text messages, while also allowing access to the smartphone's contacts and audio files. As such, the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition will be able to function similarly as a smartwatch, and a great looking one for Fallout 4 fans.
The new Pip-Boy can still be used if not paired with a smartphone though, functioning as an alarm clock or as a display for the gamer's Status, Perks and Special screens from Fallout 4.
Of course, the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition is still meant to be actually worn on the arm, weighing only 2 pounds and fitted with foam inside for a comfortable fit. When not worn, the device can be placed on its stand, which functions as both a charging base and an additional speaker for the music that gamers play back on the new Pip-Boy.
For Fallout 4 fans that are already drooling at the sight of the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition, you will have to shell out $350 for it. The product is only limited to customers from the United States, Canada and Australia though, so fans from outside these countries will have no choice but to tap the secondary market if they want to get one of these new Pip-Boys.
The estimated shipping date of the device is on Nov. 11, though Bethesda said that the shipping date is subject to change without notice.
The bad news? Only 5,000 units of the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition will be made, which means that demand for the second iteration of the device might reach even more astronomical heights.