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WATCH: Six Flags’ Shock Wave to incorporate virtual reality technology

Riders of the Shock Wave at Six Flags Over Texas will soon be able to experience the double-looped green roller coaster in a new way.

On March 10, season pass holders will get a sneak preview of the ride, which will be equipped with virtual reality technology developed by Samsung. During the ride, riders wear goggles that simulate a fighter jet flying through an alien invasion of Earth. The virtual reality will be timed with the loops and drops of the roller coaster to make the rider feel as if he or she is piloting the jet. The ride will also be equipped with interactive gameplay technology so riders can “fire weapons” while riding.

The launch of the new ride comes as Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announces its partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., making Samsung the “Official Technology Partner” of the theme park company.

The Shock Wave will be one of nine rides, called New Revolution Virtual Reality Roller Coasters, that will be outfitted with the technology. The other roller coasters receiving the new technology include the Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia, the New Revolution at Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles and the Goliath at La Ronde in Canada. Three of the roller coasters, including the SUPERMAN Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, will not follow the alien invasion storyline but instead have a Superman theme.

More information can be found on Six Flags’ website.

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