Virtual Reality Roller Coasters Set To Launch
Virtual reality is coming to roller coasters by virtue of a partnership between Samsung and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.
As part of a broad marketing partnership appointing Samsung as “Official Technology Partner”, virtual reality roller coasters will debut at nine Six Flags parks in North America, using the Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.
“Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped to allow riders wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, inverted loops and powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronise all of the action in an incredibly realistic 360-degree virtual reality world,” Samsung states.
The virtual reality roller coasters will launch beginning this month.
Six “New Revolution Virtual Reality Coasters” will transport riders “to a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion”, while another three “Superman Virtual Reality Coasters” will see riders “fully immersed in the 360-degree comic-book world of Metropolis”.
“Now, people can be immersed into a totally new universe while riding a roller coaster, powered by Samsung Gear VR virtual reality devices,” Marc Mathieu, Samsung Electronics America chief marketing officer, commented.
“This transforms the modern roller coaster into a totally new, one-of-a-kind sensorial experience – powered by technology.”