While VR takes the gaming world by storm through Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive headsets, Samsung is looking to further expand its collection of entertainment content through its own Gear VR headset. Yesterday IM360 announced the first live-action video game made exclusively for Samsung's Gear VR called Samsung School of Rugby, and today Samsung is announcing a partnership with Six Flags theme parks to bring the world's first virtual reality roller coaster experiences to theme park goers in North America, the start of which seems to be hitting specific parks as early as March 10th which is just next week.
The VR experiences will span various parks across North America and will see specific roller coasters equipped with Samsung's Gear VR headsets that riders can wear. Six Flags notes that this will be happening to their most popular roller coaster rides which includes Shock Wave at the Arlington Texas park beginning March 10th, Dare Devil Dive at the park outside of Atlanta Georgia on March 12th, The New Revolution ride at Magic Mountain near L.A. on March 26th, the Ninja ride from Six Flags St. Louis, the Steamin' Demon ride at The Great Escape, and the Goliath ride at the La Ronde park in Montreal.
In addition to the above roller coaster experiecnes, Six Flags is also equipping three different Superman rides with VR headsets to immerse riders in the world of Metropolis as Superman ends up battling Lex Luthor throughout the city. The Superman rides that will have the VR experiences outfitted in them are the Superman Krypton coaster at Six Flags Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas, Superman The Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam Massachuetts, and Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. There were no dates mentioned for when the VR experiences on those rides would open up. Six Flags also states that these are just the rides that the VR experiences will debut on, which means they'll be opening up more VR experiences in partnership with Samsung at some point further in the future potentially with different coasters, although there was no detail mentioned on which ones those would be and what the dates would be for when the experiences go live.