Six Flags has today announced virtual reality roller coaster installations for both California parks: Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. At Six Flags Magic Mountain, virtual reality will be returning to the park as The New Revolution Galactic Attack, while Kong at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will be receiving a virtual reality experience under the same name.
When riders board the coasters and don their Samsung Gear VR headsets, they will be introduced to the device’s passthrough camera functionality, instantly making riders aware of their surroundings, by allowing them to see the “real world,” including the person seated next to them— along with virtual content. As they get settled into the ride, a heads up display overlay on the passthrough camera view will show data like current status of weaponry, time codes, fuel cells, and a countdown clock. Cresting the lift hill, a massive, swirling wormhole comes into view. As riders drop at high speeds, the mixed reality view changes to a completely immersive, virtual reality environment and a fighter spaceship cockpit materializes and envelops the riders into a tunnel of light. At the bottom of the first hill, riders are launched into the middle of a space battle, coming under attack from flying drones firing lasers and missiles. After swinging through tight channels, narrowly dodging drones and artillery fire, riders are brought into one of three drone bays, each of which offer a completely different gaming experience and three different endings.
Both rides will be operating for guests who participate in both park’s food drives February 18-20, and both virtual reality experiences will be open o the public the following weekend.
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