By: Michelle Ison
If you feel that advanced modern technology has efficiently infiltrated and enhanced aspects of your life, then prepare for this latest announcement to blow your mind. Beloved theme park Six Flags has teamed up with the tech masterminds at Samsung to revamp their ride lineup by going virtual.
Six Flags is already a fan favorite courtesy of their most notable rides, like the Superman roller coaster. Although this is an idea the company has been looking into for years, we are happy to see that Six Flags has decided to take a step in this direction. The virtual reality (VR) feature will launch this spring when the parks reopen.
The parks new VR feature will allow park-goers aged 13 and up to experience Six Flags’ rides like never before. With high-resolution imagery and a 360-degree point-of-view, it will ultimately provide a uniquely extraordinary experience for passengers. In order to embrace this intriguing opportunity, riders will wear VR headsets designed by Samsung. In other words, the riders will have a Samsung smartphone strapped to their head that will display the VR.
The famed amusement park plans to reconstruct nine of their current lines in order to incorporate this new VR feature. In the repurposed Superman ride (renamed as Superman VR), passengers will be recruited within the ride to aid the superhero to gain victory over his arch-nemesis, Lex Luther. This will be one of the two VR storylines that the company will include with its newly enhanced lineup.
Six Flags is going to great lengths to make sure that these enhanced VR rides are adequate for their attendees. To help aid Superman in battle, the passengers will be able to use controllers—similar to that from a video game—alongside the required VR headgear.
As exciting as this revamped Superman ride sounds, the virtual reality feature will only be placed into select Six Flag theme parks including Six Flags America in Maryland, which is right in our backyard. However, only eight parks in total will receive this new VIP treatment to their rides. This will include the following: California, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Quebec. Therefore, if you don’t reside in one of these areas, you may want to venture down to a Six Flags at your earliest convenience—this is something you will not want to miss.
Prior to this astounding announcement, we never thought we would utter words of excitement regarding Six Flags and Samsung’s latest collaboration. Make sure you find your way to one of the select Six Flags locations this season to experience their virtual reality rides!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michelle Ison is a writer, editor and technology reporter for NewsWatch. She lives in Northern Virginia and loves all things tech.