Samsung To Launch First VR Roller Coasters In The US

Samsung has partnered with Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, is teaming up with one of the world’s largest amusement park operators to launch a series of virtual reality roller coasters.

The world’s largest amusement park corporation, to launch virtual reality roller coasters at nine amusements parks in the US. Samsung’s backed by its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, The VR goggles basically serve up additional sensory experiences.

The rides will offer visitors additional sensory experiences like being sent to the future to save the world. This is being called the “first interactive gameplay technology on a roller coaster.”

The launch comes less than a month after Samsung demoed a roller coaster simulator at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, but with the real deal about to launch commercially, this could herald an interesting new era for not only VR as a medium but theme parks, as well.

According to John Duffey, Six Flags president, and CEO, “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 and attractions in the world.”

Further, he added, “With the addition of these virtual reality coasters, Six Flags will be introducing more than double the number of new coasters and rides than we did in 2015, and more than any year in the last decade.”

The VR roller coasters will be landing; Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, opening March 10 to Season Pass Holders as a preview, Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia outside of Atlanta, opening March 12 to Season Pass Holders as a preview, The New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, opening March 26 to Season Pass Holders as a preview, Ninja at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Steamin’ Demon at The Great Escape in Lake George, New York, Goliath at La Ronde in Montreal, SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, SUPERMAN The Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, SUPERMAN Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, at these destinations.