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

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.

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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33 Comments

1. pixel8or

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

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

29. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

2. TerryTerius unregistered

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.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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!

4. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

It's time to renew my season pass.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

haven't you seen them before?

6. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

7. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

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

8. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

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

15. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 28, 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

14. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

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

19. TBomb

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Havent been to an arcade in a while to see that. if what you say is true... then fair enough

10. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

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

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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

22. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

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

27. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

11. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

12. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 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

25. cleatglitch

Posts: 157; Member since: May 25, 2013

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

13. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

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

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

20. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

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

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

17. monoke

Posts: 1144; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

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

26. TerryTerius unregistered

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

23. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

24. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

techie leading the herd. too. gullible

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