During GTC 2015, Nvidia gave an inside look at LucasFilm using its monster Quadro M6000 pro-graphics cards to render Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage. The content they showed us happened to feature a certain robotic duo that fans might be familiar with...
Update: We've been duped! An eagle-eyed Star Wars fan has correctly identified this image from a demo reel for the abandoned Star Wars 1313 video game. Seems Nvidia was being a bit cheeky with its slideshow!
Nvidia unveiled its new pro-graphics cards range at GTC 2015 yesterday, including the monster Quadro M6000 which is the fastest card on the planet. While this is pretty newsworthy in itself, the biggest story was the real-world example they flashed up onscreen.
Lucasfilm is currently using Quadros for post-production on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The single image we were shown depicted a VCA workstation with none other than R2-D2 and C-3PO onscreen. Astonished, we quickly took a snap with our camera before the presenter moved on to the next slide.
This is huge news. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first image of either droid from the new movie. In fact, this was probably an error on Disney and Lucasfilm's part — we can't imagine they intentionally chose to unveil two beloved characters via a throwaway sideshow image at a GPU conference.
So what's going on here, exactly? Let's take a closer look:
R2-D2 and C-3PO appear to be in the midst of an argument, as usual. The background depicts a rock-based hovel in a desert landscape (a return to Tatooine perhaps?) Interestingly, the entrance — if it is an entrance — seems way too small for a human.
Based on the above evidence, we can surmise that the pair just murdered a Jawa during a botched robbery and are discussing how best to dispose of the corpse. The Force Awakens is hardcore.
Gizmodo travelled to GTC 2015 in San Jose, California as a guest of Nvidia.