Six Flags and Samsung have just announced they are installing 6 new VR Roller coasters across Six Flags amusement parks. They plan to simulate fighter jet combat using Gear VR. While this sounds good to the uninformed, I hope they plan to sync the experience down to the car level, or people are just going to get sick.
In a motion simulator, the motion base and software are innately synchronized. The visuals and the motion will consistently deliver to the rider exactly what the designers program. A very well designed sim ride can minimize motion sickness.
But the fact that a roller coaster rider experiences a different motion, angle, vector, and position depending on where in the car they are seated (front vs back), the synchronization is going to be challenging. If you’ve ever ridden in the very first and very last car on the same roller coaster, you know what I mean. Six Flags and Samsung are going to have to sync the experience down to the seating position, of possible rename the park Six Gags.