You can experience a whole new world on roller coasters by putting on Virtual Reality goggles and experiencing a new world at the same time. The adventure begins in Six Flags in California.
- Virtual reality roller coasters combine traditional steel track with VR technology
- Six Flags will debut nine virtual reality roller coasters this spring
- Imagery playing inside the headsets syncs with physical roller coaster motion
April 1, 2016
By Sonya Hamasaki, CNN
Valencia, California (CNN)
Take a ride on Virtual Reality roller coasters
Piloting a fighter jet, dodging skyscrapers and battling alien intruders — all while barreling along a steel track hundreds of feet in the air.
“It’s crucial to have the virtual reality ride precisely synced to the real ride,” Wagner said, “because otherwise, you would get dizzy and have motion sickness.“The entire VR industry, especially gaming developers, are fighting with this motion sickness problem. If you’re sitting at home in a chair and you’re watching this convincing 3-D movement, you get dizzy. But when you’re on the coaster, and you actually feel the same movements that you are watching and seeing, you don’t.”Of course, “it’s still a roller coaster, and it’s still kind of intense.”So far, Wagner said, the VR roller coasters have attracted every type of daredevil.“People who are even afraid of coasters like it better in VR, because they feel a little bit safer,” he said. “They don’t think a video game environment can harm them in any way.”