Six Flags Over Texas debuts VR on Shockwave

Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Six Flags Over Texas is putting a new spin on an old favorite this season. The park has equipped the Shockwave roller coaster with a state-of-the-art virtual reality system that puts riders in the cockpit of a fighter jet as they ride out all of the coaster's drops, turns and loops.

Read more and see video from KXAS/Dallas.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:18 AM

That they're using phone hardware for this makes it even less remarkable.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11:34 AM

Isn't the point of riding a coaster to see the track and what's coming most of what creates the adrenaline rush of it. You also get nice visuals on plenty of coasters.

Not my cup of tea. I can do the 3-d glasses for dark rides and simulators, but I would feel vulnerable not being able to see.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:58 PM

I too would feel vulnerable not being able to see the track and what's coming. If we're about to hit a zero-g roll or particularly wicked corkscrew, I want to know that so as to alter my position to the extent that that's possible with the restraints.

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Friday, March 18, 2016 11:33 AM

The graphics seem underwhelming.

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Friday, March 18, 2016 5:52 PM

MagnunBarrel said:

Isn't the point of riding a coaster to see the track and what's coming most of what creates the adrenaline rush of it. You also get nice visuals on plenty of coasters.

Not my cup of tea. I can do the 3-d glasses for dark rides and simulators, but I would feel vulnerable not being able to see.

Seeing the track and feeling the wind in my face and seeing the surroundings speed by are what I enjoy about coasters, so, as noted elsewhere on Cbuzz, at length, I just don't want to deprive myself of those thrills by battling aliens.

Had this tech been around six years ago... I shudder to think about riding Iron Wolf without seeing the track and knowing when to brace yourself.

T-R of V-R will now go back to yelling at those damn kids on his lawn.

Last edited by slithernoggin, Friday, March 18, 2016 5:52 PM
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Friday, March 18, 2016 5:57 PM

If I recall correctly, the VR "show" gives riders visual cues to allow them to prepare for changes in direction. I still dislike the idea of VR roller coasters, but not because they didn't think of "virtually" everything, because they did. The technology is why this is such a big deal.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:04 AM

Being over 30 years old and one of the original steel coasters, Shockwave isn't exactly the smoothest in the world...and not being able to prepare yourself for the "rough spots" will cause some issues. Will try it once for sure, then ride the classic without the silly goggles.

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