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August 10, 2016

Six Flags Great Adventure unveils virtual reality roller coaster

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Rage of the gargoyles Six Flag Great Adventure/YouTube

This screen capture is from a video previewing Six Flags Great Adventure's new virtual reality roller coaster, 'Rage of the Gargolyes.'

Just in case regular rollercoasters aren't exhilarating enough, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey is unveiling a new virtual reality coaster where passengers become fighter pilots fending off terrorizing, blood-thirsty gargoyles.

The ride, dubbed "Rage of the Gargoyles features nearly 1,400 feet of "plunging, twisting coaster track to create a one-of-a-kind, ‘real world’ to ‘virtual world’ thrill ride experience,” according to the amusement park's website. “For the first time ever on a roller coaster, you can engage in interactive gaming throughout the entire experience by shooting at flying demons.”

Sounds fun? But there's a catch.

Six Flags says the park and Samsung provide all of the technology required to experience the ride, including the Samsung Gear VR headsets, powered by Oculus. The park's websites also says riders do not need to use their phone on the roller coaster.

However, the ride is only open to those who own the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge or Galaxy Note7; Great Adventure season pass holders; or those with a Fright Fest Haunted Attraction Pass.

Whether you do or do not meet those qualifications, you can still watch the preview of the ride here: 

Frankly, with speeds topping out at 37 mph and recently-developed VR technology, my iPhone and I will stick with Kingda Ka and its blazing 128 mph top speed.

Rage of the Gargoyles is set to open Sept. 24 at the Six Flags park in Jackson, New Jersey.