VR Coasters Are on the Way!


What happens if you put the Occulus Rift on while riding a roller coaster? Apparently some pretty amazing experiences!

In Germany earlier this year,  Thomas Wagner approached Mack Rides (a roller coaster manufacturer) with the idea of implementing the Occulus Rift on a roller coaster: VR coasters, if you will. Could it be possible to synchronize the immersive experience the Rift allows with an actual roller coaster? The answer, apparently, is yes!

There are some amazing looking projects developed by more than 40 students from the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, and they are developing these experiences for two coasters: Blue Fire and Pegasus, both located in Europa-Park, Germany. And just because developing an Occulus Rift add-on to a roller coaster might not sound cool enough, those students were able to ride the coasters after the park closed on multiple occasions until they had the experience just right.

Another really cool function of adding VR to roller coasters is the ability to mess with the player’s perceptions. On an actual roller coaster, you the turns coming up, and you know you have to end where you started. These programs, however, allow developers to mess with those expectations in a very real way. The developers also can add interactivity via rail-shooter mechanics into their projects, turning them into interesting and fun games that also happen to be exciting rides unlike what we’ve seen before.

You can see generally what some of it is going to look like above, and make sure to check out their website for some more awesome and interesting developments!

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Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.