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Fallout 4: Pip-Boy Edition unboxed (pictures)

We dig into the massive Pip-Boy edition of Fallout 4, and strap on our very own post-apocalyptic wrist computer.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Fallout 4 is here, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Of course, it's available in a over-the-top collector's edition.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

This version is called the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, and it includes the game, and a full-size replica of the series' famous Pip-Boy wearable computer.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Under the plastic overwrap is a box (also plastic) with two release latches on either side.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

The top lifts up, exposing the contents. The box weighs 5.46 pounds, in case you were curious.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Inside, you'll see the actual game packaged on top of the Pip-Boy unit. Also, a large Made in China sticker.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

In this small plastic case is the game disc and box, plus a few brochures and guides and a poster.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

The game disc is inside a neat-looking metal case, along with some other promotional materials.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

There's a small poster outlining the various "perks" you can earn in the game for your character.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Now we get to the good part, the Pip-Boy unit.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

It's modeled on the wrist computers found in each of the Fallout games, which act as an in-game menu for options, inventory and settings.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Unlike the plastic Pip-Boy props we saw years ago for Fallout 3, this one is designed to allow you to insert a smartphone and use its touch screen. These rubber pads and bumpers help different phones to fit properly.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

To insert your arm and/or phone, first find and open the metal latch.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

The interior is padded, and includes a velcro strap for a tight fit.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

A perfect fit! Although it seemed tight enough to not actually need the velcro strap.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Latch it back closed, and you're ready to fight some mutants.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

This is a placeholder decal included with the Pip-Boy. You can remove it and replace it with your compatible phone (which sadly does not include larger phones such as the iPhone 6 Plus).

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

See? I'm finally using a wearable device!

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

To use your phone, you first have to download the Fallout 4 iOS, Android or Windows Phone app. It's not available yet, but it should be by the time the game launches on November 10.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

For those times you don't feel like wearing a retro wrist computer in public, a handy display stand is also included.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

The label on the stand, showcasing another proud RobCo Industries product.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Once you have the app on your phone and your phone in the Pip-Boy, you can use it for a second screen experience in the game, accessing the game's menus from your wrist.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

The Pip-Boy is mostly plastic, but has a few nice metal accents.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

There's some excellent retro detailing on the Pip-Boy, including lots of knobs.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

I'm not sure what this white thing is for, but it sure looks important.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

Here's a look at the entire package, which will be available for $119 in the US starting November 10 (although most stores are already listing this special edition as sold out).

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