Immersive experiences are offered in many different forms and have a variety of special effects. We’re sure you’ve heard of the terms 2D and 3D, but in recent years, 4D, 7D and even 10D have made an appearance. So, what do these terms mean exactly and what are the main differences? We’ve broken it down for you!

For the sake of this article, we will be referring to immersive cinema experiences to explore the differences.

  • 2D: This is an experience that the majority of people are familiar with. It refers to a “conventional movie experience”, meaning watching a film on a screen such as your home television or on a large screen at the movie theatre. The experience is simply two-dimensional.
  • 3D: A 3D movie or experience has a third dimension and has better depth. In other words, it offers a more realistic visual experience to how we perceive objects in the real world. Special 3D eyewear is usually required to experience this type of film.
  • 4D: A 4D film is based on a 3D experience and adds a new element to the mix: Motion. For example, it incorporates a dynamic seat system that moves with the flow of the movie and further enhances the immersive experience.
  • 5D: This type of experience is based on 4D and includes an additional element: Sensation. For example, the user will feel wind, mist, snow, etc. throughout the experience. Aromas could also be classified in a 5D immersive experience.
  • 7D: It is based on a 5D experience, but it includes some interactivity. For instance, a user can point an artificial gun at a target and guide the movie’s plot in a new direction. The audience participates in the film’s storyline and further immerses themselves in the overall experience
  • 9D: A 9D experience includes a virtual reality (VR) This means the user can wear a VR headset and block out the physical world around them. The audience is fully immersed in a virtual experience.
  • 10D…? Does a 10D (aka XD) immersive experience exist? Yes it does! It represents the evolution of 3D, 4D, 5D, 7D and 9D and offers a superior immersive experience with enhanced visual and interactive effects. It signifies the constant improvement of the user’s immersive experience.

Where does Imagine 4D’s Station IX™ – The Multimmersive™ Experience fit into all of this? We consider the Multimmersive™ Experience to be 10D.  The user can experience optimal depth perception (3D), interact with the scene (7D) and be fully immersed in the experience (9D) in a headset-free immersive environment with near-retinal resolution. We’ve designed this unique visual system to have the benefits of every immersive experience listed above, all while having the freedom to experience it with your own eyes in a comfortable setting that is adapted to the human brain.

To learn more about Multimmersion™, please read this blog post.