Samsung and Six Flags team up to bring VR to thrill-seekers

Samsung and Six Flags team up to bring VR to thrill-seekers

Alton Towers is set to combine virtual reality with a real-life rollercoaster, in a new ride due to launch in April.

Galactica will strap passengers, lying face down, into an on-rails train. It will then shoot them around the 840m track at a max speed of 75km where they’ll experience a max g-force of 3.5gs. Throughout the ride, passengers will wear VR headsets, showing a three-minute journey through space that coincides with the rollercoaster’s twists and turns.

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The ride will be the park’s first big new rollercoaster since an accident on The Smiler in June, which seriously injured five people. Alton Towers’ marketing director Gil Riley told the BBC that the new rollercoaster marks a “multimillion-pound investment,” and that Galactica “will be subject to comprehensive pre-opening assessment” to ensure its safety. 

How do you feel about being flung around with a VR headset on your face? Personally, I’m curious about what would happen if they replaced the space-explorer VR show with something else. Say, an episode of Songs of Praise.

Will you be queuing up in April? Let us know below.

Images: Merlin Entertainment

If you don’t like rollercoasters, you might like what avant-garde studio Tale of Tales are doing with VR instead.

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