Fallout 76 has been something of a black mark on the otherwise beloved Fallout series. Sure, Fallout: New Vegas was very glitch when it was first released, but the game was fantastic aside from that. Fallout 76 is an MMORP (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), which is a huge departure from the rest of the games in the series. That has resulted in an experience that left many players disappointed. But Fallout 76 does still have fans, and one of them turned a prop into a functional Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI.
The prop used for this project was designed by The Wand Company, and is intended to be assembled a bit like a model car. The model cost about $150, and was available through GameStop or the Bethesda store—though it appears to be out of stock now. While that model is beautiful and incredibly detailed, it isn’t functional. It’s just meant to sit on a display shelf or to be worn with your cosplay costume at a Comic Con. Redditor Starscream205 wanted his Pip-Boy to actually work, and used a Raspberry Pi to give it some functionality.
The Raspberry Pi is a complete computer, so this Pip-Boy 2000 can do pretty much whatever Starscream205 wants it to. So far, he has added a Bluetooth speaker (that, naturally, plays Appalachia Radio), working buttons and LEDs, and an LCD connected to the Raspberry Pi. The holotape can even be popped in and out of the Pip-Boy. Startscream is also creating a game called The Terror in Flatwoods that can be played on the Pip-Boy. We’ve seen a lot of very impressive Pip-Boy projects, but it’s great to see one that’s dedicated to Fallout 76 specifically.