The player is equipped with a PDA at the start of the game which serves as the nexus for information subsequently discovered.
The player may acquire other PDAs from deceased NPCs or through other means which may be traded or dropped but the player's own PDA may never be jettisoned.
In order to conduct downloads from the various PCs that are discovered, it will be necessary to fit an Xray PDA Downloads module.
When the player consults the PDA by selecting it with P on the keyboard the default view is of the Task list adjacent to a cut down Map window.
Within the Map area, there may exist various markers that will display a short message when moused-over.
The information that the player gains from these are referred to as a PDA description to distinguish them from the various other data also present in the PDA.
Generally speaking, these markers are volatile and are removed from the Map when a task is determined or a Stash has been altered or cleared.
Detailed task information
Each task may also have further information available is it's text/map button is toggled.
Is not volatile and forms the player's Log in the diary section of the PDA.
PDA message history
There is a separate "Message history" section here that lists the most recent dialogues that the player has received and includes any incoming transmissions. Mission briefings that take the form of a dialogue exchange are placed here and are therefore volatile.
PDA contact information
The PDA is also used to display the short bio information that may be provided for non-hostile NPCs within the player's detection range.
Note that this range exceeds the mini-map display range.
The Trader faction disable this capability on their PDAs.
Default hotkey: H.
PDA map location
Accessed using the default M key.
Provides a view of the Zone, defaulting to the player's immediate vicinity when first opened within a given Level.
Map may be annotated by the player, zoomed and dragged to other areas, etc.
A general knowledge base for the various phenomena observed in LA. Any artifact recipes purchased will also be listed here.