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Virtual reality roller coaster debuts at Six Flags Magic Mountain

One of the first ever VR rides of this nature has now launched in the country in partnership with Samsung.

As of Friday, March 25, 2016, Six Flags Magic Mountain has released a new roller coaster using virtual reality goggles to help to add to the overall experience of the ride as guests experience every loop, twist and turn.

The New Revolution ride has now been launched at the theme park, in partnership with Samsung.

The purpose of the virtual reality experience on the Six Flags roller coaster is to help to give adrenaline junkies a more thrilling experience than the classic form of attraction at the park. The roller coaster provides every rider with VR goggles that give them the sensation of being a co-pilot in a fighter jet’s cockpit. They’ll feel every movement as they travel along the traditional roller coaster, but what they’ll be seeing is an even more enhanced experience to match it.

The virtual reality display aligns with the movements of the roller coaster’s tracks and provides a 360 degree view.

As the riders twist and turn their way along the roller coaster track, they’ll be able to see a city that is under attack by aliens in a very realistic VR three dimensional view. The ride starts as the riders whip their way through narrow city streets before they take off over top of the skyline, avoiding skyscrapers and other obstacles as the alien drones shoot at them.

One of the ride’s features makes it possible for the riders to tap the VR headsets they’re wearing in order to be able to fire the guns on their digital jet in order to attempt to hit the targets that are appearing throughout the time that the coaster ascends the lift.

This is meant to be only the first of a number of virtual reality roller coasters that will be added to Six Flags parks across the United States. It will represent the first wave of roller coasters to launch in North America this year, say park officials. In fact, there will be nine other Six Flags parks to launch their own VR coasters. Texas already launched its Six Flags VR Shock Wave on March 10.

Samsung and Six Flags team up for virtual reality roller coaster

The amusement park is hoping to appeal to thrill seekers in a whole new way using VR tech.

The Six Flags amusement park is taking several of its roller coasters in a unique and thrilling new direction by implementing virtual reality technology to certain rides as a result of a partnership it has made with Samsung.

These high tech VR based rides will be available during the 2016 season at the amusement park.

When park visitors make their way onto virtual reality equipped rides, which include some of the most popular roller coasters, they will be provided with Samsung Gear VR headsets. This is meant to allow them to experience all the “heart-pumping adrenaline” from the turns, twists and sharp drops, which will function in conjunction with the sensors, accelerometers and gyros of the ride. While the riders will still be seated on their favorite roller coasters, as they always have, the headsets will offer an additional thrill to the experience that wouldn’t otherwise be available.

Samsung and Six Flags plan to be able to have the virtual reality experiences available as early as this month.

Virtual Reality - Roller Coaster at Six FlagsIn fact, this week will provide visitors to the Arlington, Texas location who hold season passes with an opportunity to experience a preview of the VR roller coaster experience on “Shock Wave”.

There will be a total of nine different rides that will have a virtual reality upgrade, this year. Among them, three will be using “Superman virtual reality”. All the rides with the headsets will have an age restriction so that users will be 13 years and older. The experience that will be provided to those who are older than that age will be a “futuristic battle to save planet earth from an alien invasion.” That said, the Superman focused roller coasters will be providing riders with a trip around Metropolis that is designed to be a “360-degree comic-book world” experience.

According to the president and CEO of Six Flags, John Duffey, in a statement about the virtual reality, “This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides.”