'Superman' Virtual Reality Coaster: 5 Things We Learned About Samsung And Six Flags' New Ride
If you're a thrill seeker looking to make your Summer memorable and lit, then look no further than Samsung and Six Flags. The global tech brand teamed up with the North American theme park to conceive and bring to life the first virtual roller coaster of its kind, Superman: The Ride Virtual Reality Coaster.
Stationed in Agawam, Massachusetts at Six Flags New England, the 77 miles per hour ride allows roller coasters to enjoy 5400 feet of steel lifts, dips and twists, all while being immersed in a 360 degree, larger than life, comic book experience via the Samsung Gear VR wireless headset powered by Oculus.
Once headsets are strapped on and seat belts are fastened, riders are placed on a train track at a station in the city of Metropolis. Shortly after departure, the ride takes an fateful turn for the worse as the DC villian Lex Luthor and his Lexbot army conjure up chaos throughout the city of Metropolis. The fan-favorite superhero, Superman, comes to our rescue as he attempts to save all the passengers (or coaster riders) from Luthor's destructive grip.
VIBE had the opportunity to attend Six Flag's Media Day and get a first-hand experience of the new coaster prior to it opening to the public. After gathering up the warrior courage to take on the ride for two go-rounds - once with the VR headset and another without - we sat down with Samsung's own Nick Dicarlo, Vice President and General Manager of Immersive Products & Virtual Reality and found out some interesting facts about their newest collaboration based on a DC Comics fave.