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Six Flags and Samsung to open nine virtual reality roller coasters in North America

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Six Flags and Samsung to open nine virtual reality roller coasters in North America

Virtual reality is a game-changing experience... for roller coaster riders! Check this out – Six Flags Entertainment, the world’s largest regional theme park company, is teaming up with Samsung Electronics America as its “Official Technology Partner” for bringing "ground-breaking experiences" to nine Six Flags parks across North America. Six Flags is using the Samsung Gear VR to power "fully immersive, virtual riding experiences".

Here's how it all works out – nine coasters will be equipped to let riders wear Samsung Gear VR headsets "playing" a VR video synced with all the steep drops, inverted loops, and powerful twists and turns. The headset's gyros, accelerometers, and proximity sensors augment the roller coaster ride with a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

The Gear VR augments the coaster ride with a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Six Flags and Samsung will launch the new VR Roller Coasters beginning this month and into the summer. There will be six New Revolution VR Coasters, in which "riders are transported to a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion." The other three are Superman VR Coasters, made to "immerse riders in the 360-degree comic book world of Metropolis." We won't spoil the details here, but the experience is all about Superman battling supervillain Lex Luthor and his army of Lex Bots "through hairpin twists and turns, loops, dips, and dives." Sounds fascinating!

More information about the VR experiences and the coaster locations is available in the source link below. You can also check out the following video for a taste of what's to come!



source: Samsung Tomorrow

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:47 6

1. pixel8or (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


A whole new twist on motion sickness. Going to be epic.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 02:13

29. ibend (Posts: 4581; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right.. motion sickness because your brain thing u'r accelerating, turning, rotating at high speed, combined with slight delay on your vision when moving your head, while your motion sensor say that you just sitting on toilet and ready to puke

but watching six flags VR while riding mini coaster near house maybe interesting, that will add another twist to motion sickness

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:48 13

2. TerryTerius (Posts: 1780; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Damn. It seems like Samsung is freaking everywhere these past two months. They have a crazy amount of new ventures popping up. Still, good for them. And this sounds like it will be a blast.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:57 13

3. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


FRIKKIN AWESOME! I CANT WAIT TO TRY IT!!!!!!!
Samsung is going all out on VR. Let those other guys enjoy their ViewMaster.
I want to see which OEM is going to top this move!
Who's going top this.

Oh maybe Samsung will do a deal with Disney to do something similar. That woudl be epic!
This is why Samsung has lower profits. They spend money to make their products more attractive.

This is a solid killer move here!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:06 5

4. aikoo (Posts: 102; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


It's time to renew my season pass.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:15

5. Wiencon (Posts: 1872; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Nah you will not be able to see your buddies's faces so where is the fun :P

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 08:37

31. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


haven't you seen them before?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:16 2

6. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Excellent for people with any kind of phobia. Guaranteed you won't falloff to your death!!

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:24 1

7. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


I would love to try this.
I am coming this September in US for studying, so i will definitely try this once. ^_^

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:24 3

8. Mfa901 (Posts: 280; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


After so many years... This seems something ground breaking

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 12:16 2

15. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


As a season pass holder for Six Flags Magic Mountain for most of the last 15 years, I cannot wait for this day to come.

This changes rollercoasters.
This will be awesome.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:27

9. TBomb (Posts: 735; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


I'd like to see how they implement it to make sure nothing falls off and hits other riders. Also the backlash of people who are cautious about germs putting their face in one of them... oh boy. lol

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 12:15 1

14. Kratos7 (Posts: 62; Member since: 15 May 2015)


People are put their face on virtual game mask in Arcades... so nothing new.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:12

19. TBomb (Posts: 735; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Havent been to an arcade in a while to see that.

if what you say is true... then fair enough

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:33 1

10. bobby2803 (Posts: 32; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


I think AR is better suited for this than VR. I mean hololens compared to virtual reality headset.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:09 1

18. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You could have things on the Roller Coster, AR style, putting things in your hand to battle as you go in the roller coaster and getting a score along as you do. I would totally be down for AR over VR....I don't like closed off

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:50

22. hwb01 (Posts: 291; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


With AR, you could have a real roller coaster with things to battle or such not in real life.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 22:12

27. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Ah, but with VR, you could have that roller coaster you always dreamed of that's not physically possible. You could feel like you are high enough to be in the clouds, with drops that feel like a thousand of feet instead of a couple hundred. That is what I'm after at least, the ability to completely change the environment and deliver something dreams are made of.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:04

11. namesib (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


That sounds really interesting; you'll be completely blind to what is coming up. I don't know how they will resolve hygiene issues and prevent damage, but I hope this comes to the UK eventually.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:26 1

12. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 219; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


wait so its a real roller coaster but u wear the VR? if im on a real roller coaster i would want to see everything thats going on...pretty lame

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:50 2

25. cleatglitch (Posts: 70; Member since: 25 May 2013)


the normal view around the roller coaster isn't that scenic so the vr immerse you in a different view theme

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:51

13. DnB925Art (Posts: 1011; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Might want to go to Six Flags Marine World or Six Flags Magic Mountain to check this out.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:07

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Timing will be necessary, if off even a little....vomit, vomit everywhere

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:41

20. gs200 (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Jun 2015)


My concerns exactly. Just a fraction of a second may mean the guy in front you has a really bad day as well......

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 14:05

21. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


RIGHT! And do you want to be blind when that puke slams against the face and electronics? rofl

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:07 1

17. monoke (Posts: 341; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Sorry. If I'm going to six flags, I'm riding the real thing, not something I can do sitting on a toilet. ;)

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 18:09

26. TerryTerius (Posts: 1780; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


You would be riding the real thing. That's kind of the point.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:02

23. bubbadoes (Posts: 960; Member since: 03 May 2012)


typical sammy fans fall for anything. no different than wearing 3d eyewear. same concept. nothing new

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 02:24

30. ibend (Posts: 4581; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


yeah right...
now try to wear those "3d eyewear" and risde that six Flags

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:04

24. bubbadoes (Posts: 960; Member since: 03 May 2012)


techie leading the herd. too. gullible

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 00:58

28. Modest_Moze (Posts: 113; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


I don't know, I don't know, when you scream from pleasure on a live ones, why you need a TV on your eyes?

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 08:50

32. tokuzumi (Posts: 961; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The super lice are about to spread at an exponential rate. I can't stand 6 flags anyway, so hopefully I'm safe.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 13:33

33. legiloca (Posts: 1387; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


RIP real life roller coasters

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