Six Flags America Superman VR Review
Yesterday was the VIP event for VR on Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags America. Thanks to Bobby for going and giving us some photos.
The line never got beyond a single ride wait for the front and back rows. You can not wear the VR headpiece in the very front row – however you can in the second row even when no one sits in front of you. You enter the building where they give you your head piece and do a mock fitting. Then once you get on the ride they fit it the rest of the way.
With VR, it took around 10 minutes to load one train. I will give the employees credit they did seem to know what they were doing however the phones they use kept running out of battery.
They have to load each person, make sure they are buckled in right, make sure the head piece is on secure, and then finally have to get each persons video feed working.
The overall experience is neat. Once your feed is working you appear to be the only one in your row. If you look to the left, right, down, up, and behind you there is no one there – you will see the walls of the car you are in. I did notice each time I rode I had on a different shirt and at one time I was a guy and another I was a girl in the feed. It appears you are on a futuristic monorail car with the track hanging above you.
Once the train starts moving the cars on the street below you start moving. Right away the action begins. I do not want to give away too much as to what happens. It was neat not knowing when you are going to start cresting the lift hill. It would be better if I rode a coaster with this technology not knowing the layout. I could tell exactly what the video was going to do because I know the layout so well.
To see what VR on Superman looks like, check this video out from Midway Mayhem:
Everyone enjoyed it apparently, most were ripping and raving about it once they got off.
I view VR as a great way to spice up a ride on a coaster you go frequently, but not something you go on each time.
Thanks to Roberto, Mikael and the rest of the crew at Six Flags America for a great event.
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