Nvidia clarified the situation surrounding its RTX 4000 graphics cards and its demands on the power supply front, following what Team Green described as an “increase in questions” regarding compatibility with next-gen GPUs.
And the short answer for those worried about needing to buy a new power supply for direct compatibility is that they don’t have to – no need to have a new ATX 3.0 model with PCIe 5.0 power connectors (known as 12VHPWR). .
Current ATX 2.0 PSUs (no pun intended) will still work fine with any Nvidia RTX 4000 model, although that being said, the power supply obviously needs to be powerful enough to handle the GPU, just like any graphics card.
All this information is delivered in the form of a new Common questions (opens in new tab)As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) spotted, where Nvidia reminds us that a power adapter ships with high-end Lovelace GPUs to allow ATX 2.0 power supplies to be plugged in.
So, regarding the mentioned wattage recommendations for PSUs – ATX 2.0 and 3.0 – what exactly are they? Well, Nvidia has stipulated that RTX 4090 owners must have a power supply of at least 850W. For the 16GB RTX 4080, the requirement is 750W and is slightly lower for the 700W 12GB RTX 4080 variant.
As Nvidia points out, these high-end GPU power demands aren’t too different from the requests made by current-gen RTX 3000 models, i.e. 750W for the RTX 3090 and 3080 – although obviously the flagship RTX 4090 needs a little more juice. However, it does deliver what promises to be a huge leap in performance in terms of extra power consumption.
As you can see, these PSU requirements aren’t as simple as they seem. Where it gets tricky is that you might need more power depending on the rest of your PC components, and especially the CPU if you have a really beefy processor that has big power requirements of its own. (Intel’s fastest Alder Lake chip, the 12900KS, can pull about 240W max, for example, which might not be there with a high-end Nvidia GPU, but it’s still a lot.)
Overall, this is definitely an area where you want to err on the side of caution, and by the way, it’s worth noting that even PSUs that carry the same power rating can be of different quality. And it goes without saying that you don’t want to use a cheap, unbranded PSU with a high-end Nvidia card, not that any PC enthusiast would dream of doing so. But it’s worth pointing out that you should always stick with trusted brands of PSUs that will deliver the most on the reliability and stability fronts (like the models recommended in our roundup of the best PSUs). Even if you’re paying a little extra, we’ve long argued that the power supply is an often overlooked component that plays a key role in PC operation.
Also, we advise going a little above the recommended power level anyway if possible – it seems sensible to have a little extra headroom, especially when it comes to heavy GPUs. Our general rule of thumb is to put an extra 100W on top of what you think you’ll need, better safe than sorry.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Nvidia offers further clarification on the issue of a recently leaked email from PCI-SIG (the organization that oversees PCI Express specifications and more) that has people worried that there is a potential risk with ATX 2.0 PSUs using 12VHPWR connectors.
This stemmed from concerns voiced by PCI-SIG in the past at the prototyping stage, but the issue has now been resolved. The Green team noted, “Nvidia confirmed that it was an isolated issue with a prototype connector from a specific vendor, and the vendor has since resolved the issue.”
The new Amazon Kindle Scribe is a big change to the retail giant’s ereader lineup, bringing the biggest screen and most storage we’ve ever seen to a Kindle, plus, for the first time, a note-taking pen.
Interested fans, however, might be put off by the ereader’s $339 / £329 starting price, which goes even higher if you want more storage or the Premium pen with more note-taking features.
When the Amazon Kindle Scribe was first announced, its release date wasn’t actually mentioned, but shortly after the launch event, Amazon confirmed the availability window via the ereader’s official store listing. (opens in new tab). And there’s bad news for those looking for a cheaper device.
Kindle Scribe will officially go on sale on November 30th, more than two months after its announcement. But in these two months, two big business opportunities are happening, which means that Amazon’s new ereader won’t be available at a discount on any of them.
Two big months for sales
On October 11th and 12th, the second Prime Day sales event of the year will take place, which we’re calling Prime Day 2. It remains to be seen how big this is for third-party manufacturers, but Amazon is almost certain to discount a little. their own products – in fact, early sales are already doing just that.
But the biggest sales event of the year is after that – Black Friday deals are a popular way to get pre-Christmas gadgets for less, but this year, that Friday is November 25th. -gadget sales event before Black Friday takes on that mantle, is on November 28th.
Amazon’s choice for this date is probably not a coincidence, as it wouldn’t launch a new tech product when everyone else is spending their money on other gadgets – particularly if it wasn’t on sale at a discount to its PVP.
Instead, the Kindle Scribe will likely be released as a holiday product, so people can buy it as a gift or choose one to get ready for the holidays.
When the device goes on sale or is closer to launch, we’ll test the gadget to see where it ranks on our list of the best Kindles. But if you’re really interested, you can already pre-order the thing to make sure you get it right away.
The beloved RPG Skyrim can now be considered officially old as it hits the most popular PC gaming store for classic games.
GOG (or Good Old Games) announced that Skyrim would come to the platform celebrating the store’s 14th anniversary. Still one of the best RPGs on the market, Skyrim’s original release and its updated Anniversary Edition are available for purchase again – both at deep discounts.
“After many years and many requests from our users, Skyrim, the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls franchise, is now available on GOG,” the platform said in a press release.
As is usual with games sold on GOG, your versions of Skyrim will be DRM-free. You can install the game on as many systems as you want, you don’t need to be online to play and you don’t even need to be logged into your GOG account to launch it after it’s installed. You also won’t need to log into the game’s Creation Club – a companion platform that lets you buy mods curated by Bethesda.
Due to Skyrim’s massive popularity among modders, GOG’s RPG version will be “most mod compatible” on Nexus Mods and will support the Skyrim Script Extender – a popular tool used by many mods for the game. GOG says it is also preparing “something special to provide an even smoother modding experience”, for which we can “expect more details soon”.
Many modern triple-A and indie releases are listed on GOG, but the storefront specializes in older titles. Earlier this year, he said in a blog post (opens in new tab) who wanted to refocus on retro games that hold a special place in the hearts of gamers. Skyrim’s addition to the platform shows its age as it joins its predecessors in The Elder Scrolls series.
You can now find The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on GOG. If you’re desperate to get back to the world of Tamriel, it’s probably best to take Skyrim for another round, as it will be years before The Elder Scrolls 6 launches.
Fitbit’s latest wearables, Fitbit Inspire 3, Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Sense 2, are now available in India. These devices are slimmer and can be used day and night, and you don’t have to carry them every day.
The Google-owned brand said the Fitbit Inspire 3 fitness tracker and the Fitbit Versa 4 and Fitbit Sense 2 smartwatches are available from online and offline partners in the country. The three wearables were released worldwide last month.
“Whether you’re focused on improving your mental health, getting ready to run a marathon, or starting a new health and wellness routine, you have a variety of easy-to-use devices to choose from,” the company said in a statement.
Fitbit Inspire 3, Versa 4 and Sense 2: features and pricing
Inspire 3 is a tracker that helps you keep your health up to date with 10 days of battery life. It is docked as an entry-level device with a rich color display that can track important metrics.
The Versa 4 is a fitness-focused smartwatch that offers over 40 exercise modes, real-time stats, built-in GPS and Active Zone Minutes, plus premium features like Daily Readiness Score – all with 6 days of battery life in a thinner and lighter design.
Sense 2 is a health-focused smartwatch with over six days of battery life that helps users manage stress and track heart health with sensors that can detect signs of atrial fibrillation via Google’s ECG app and PPG algorithm (both FDA approved and CE marked), heart rate variability, skin temperature and more. It also includes the new Body Response sensor, which measures cEDA for all-day stress management.
Using the Fitbit app, users can see all their metrics together and access important health features, including Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications, which uses the photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor to assess heart rhythm for signs of atrial fibrillation or AFib, for users 22 years and older with no known history of irregular heart rhythm. This feature is FDA cleared and CE marked and is compatible with a variety of our heart rate enabled devices.
Fitbit Premium, which is included with all new device purchases for six months, comes with additions like Daily Readiness Score and Sleep Profile to drill down into stats and progress, and over 1,000 training sessions and mindfulness.
The Fitbit Inspire 3 was launched in India at the price of Rs 8,999. The Fitbit Versa 4 smartwatch will be available for Rs 20,499 and the Fitbit Sense 2 is priced at Rs 24,999. The new Fitbit devices are available for purchase at retailers and major e-commerce platforms in India and are available for sale now.
Meta is set to finally show off its Project Cambria VR headset on October 11, but the company’s other successor to the company’s Quest 2, the Oculus Quest 3, may have leaked.
With the Oculus Quest 2 being a huge success, Meta announced it was working on two follow-up devices. The first is Project Cambria (which is believed to be called Meta Quest Pro), and it will almost certainly debut in Meta Connect 2022, if Mark Zuckerberg’s teasers are to be believed.
This premium VR headset has both eye-tracking and mixed reality capabilities (meaning it can facilitate both VR and AR experiences), with rumors suggesting it will feature 8GB of RAM and dual mini LED displays with a refresh rate of 120Hz and resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels.
However, it is expected to cost a fair amount more than Quest 2 (which costs $400 / £400 / AU$630), with an alleged leaked internal script saying it will cost at least $800 (about £200). 710 / AU$1,230). ).
Therefore, users who are on a budget may want to check out the other Meta 2 Tracking from Meta. Little is known about this device other than its codename, Project Stinson, but Meta said it will be a truer sequel to Quest 2, falling between it and Project Cambria in terms of features and capabilities. Given its placement as a proper follow-up to Quest 2, many (ourselves included) are assuming it will be called the Oculus Quest 3.
Now it looks like part of the mystery has been taken away from the Oculus Quest 3, as a leaker Brad Lynch (opens in new tab) apparently revealed the product’s CAD files and current specifications.
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Based on appearance alone, the leaked model looks like a sequel to Quest 2, borrowing many of the same design elements. The head-mounted display once again appears to house all the technical components, and the strap looks unchanged from what we’ve seen on the Meta before – suggesting it won’t copy the more comfortable, easier-to-adjust battery-housing strap of the new headset. peak 4.
In terms of specs, the headset is more surprising for what it doesn’t include than what it does. While it apparently has two RGB, which can make it easier to switch colors to more immersive AR, there’s no eye tracking, which should be a big improvement for the Project Cambria, Pico 4 Pro, and PlayStation VR 2.
Additionally, the adjustment of the IPD – the distance between the lenses that users need to change to adjust to the eyes to make the image less blurry – appears to follow a similar system to the Quest 2. The image that takes a look inside the headset shows the same window to see the IPD setting as in Quest 2. The presets are generally good, but with Pico 4 offering more gradual IPD adjustments, we’d expect Quest 3 to follow suit.
All leaks should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt, but Lynch has a decent track record, so it’s worth paying attention to what he’s shared. We’ll likely hear some details about Quest 3 (or whatever it’s called) during Meta Connect 2022 to build excitement for a 2023 event reveal, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Review: Is Quest 3 a sufficient upgrade?
These early specs and the CAD model design show us a device that looks a lot like the Quest 2, making it look like a VR headset that isn’t much more capable or more comfortable to wear than what we already have.
There are still a number of details we don’t know, such as RAM, screen resolution, storage space, and (most importantly) price, and Meta will need to make sure their Quest 2 follow-up offers plenty of updates in these departments if they don’t want to fall behind. its new rival, the Pico 4.
We’ve just received Pico 4 for review, and its improvements over Quest 2 are already clear. That’s not to say it doesn’t come with some downsides – several of the best VR games aren’t available on the platform to begin with – but from a technical standpoint, we’re impressed with the Meta competitor.
Quest 2 has had a fairly easy ride thanks to its affordable, low-cost design and lack of budget-friendly competitors, but it won’t be easy to navigate to Quest 3. If Meta wants to keep its place at the top of the VR ladder, it needs to. give us a reason to prefer your hardware over the competition.
The sudden announcement of Google Stadia’s demise may have come as a shock, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise.
Since its launch in 2018, Google Stadia has struggled to find a large audience, which has only gotten worse with Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce Now dominating the space.
Whether it’s the business model that killed him, or a general lack of interest, Stadia’s demise was in the cards long before he had a chance to make a name for himself.
Google Stadia may have been the troublesome child in the cloud gaming litter, but it wasn’t entirely lacking in good qualities. I loved the updated chat system, the integrated YouTube Gaming live stream, and the overall user experience (including menu navigation and low latency) was great. But most of all, Stadia had a controller that should make other manufacturers jealous.
At first glance, the Google Stadia controller doesn’t look special. It has a similar silhouette to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, or a slightly slimmer Xbox 360 keyboard. But in my hands, the Stadia controller feels… right.
It’s a wonderfully comfortable controller just to hold. Its buttons and sticks are of high quality to the touch. And I love the robust collection of shortcut buttons in the center of the keyboard that let you easily capture screenshots, access Google Assistant for voice-based navigation, and more.
Google has clearly invested a lot of resources into researching and developing a controller for Stadia. It is all the effort that now, unfortunately, may have been wasted. Google is already in the process of delisting Stadia hardware as its controller and offering refunds to anyone who owns one.
After the Stadia cut-off date of January 18, 2023, the pad will no longer be able to connect to your PC wirelessly. You should still be able to use it as a generic controller via a wired USB-C connection, but if you want to go wireless then you’re out of luck.
That’s only if Google chooses not to unlock Bluetooth functionality for the Stadia controller. the pillow store page (opens in new tab) confirms that it supports Bluetooth, but this functionality has never been activated. Now that Stadia is coming out, maybe that Bluetooth functionality will be there for that event. It would be a fantastic way to keep the Stadia controller in use after the service has ended.
Google is offering refunds to the controller, which is more than you might expect from a company that is shutting down a service, but it would be a shame if the technology ended up in a landfill somewhere where it could live as an excellent third party. party controller.
At Amazon’s big event in September 2022, the company showcased the first QLED Fire TVs made under its own Omni brand. The initial info felt incredibly well-specified for the price – we’re talking a full-array direct backlight with local dimming, Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive HDR, the wider colors of QLED, 4K resolution, a near-bezel-less design and 65 75-inch and 75-inch size options, all for $799 for the 65-inch or $1,099 for the 75-inch. (The sets are not planned for release outside the US.)
Amazon has now confirmed more details on the new Omni QLED TVs, including surprisingly good gaming support to rival cheaper options in our guide to the best TVs for gaming. Specifically, there is support for HDMI 2.1, including Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
ALLM means the TV will automatically switch to game mode when the PS5 or Xbox Series X informs you that you are playing a game, while VRR support means games can add more graphical effects without the danger of frame rate drops causing tearing on the screen.
However, despite HDMI 2.1 support, you won’t be able to play games at 4K 120Hz here – the panel itself is only 60Hz. But for the price, we’d be surprised to see a 120Hz display here, so we have no complaints about gaming support here in general.
No built-in Dolby Atmos though
However, while the gaming support is a pleasant surprise, Amazon also confirmed something more disappointing: there’s no built-in Dolby Atmos audio support.
In many cases this will actually work, because the TV can pass the encoded Dolby Atmos data to a Dolby Atmos soundbar, which can decode the Atmos track and still deliver the best quality.
However, in our experience, TVs that successfully go through Dolby Atmos can be wrong – it’s usually fine in built-in apps, but it might not happen in external boxes like a streaming stick or 4K Blu-ray player. We haven’t tested the new Amazon TV yet, so we obviously don’t know how well it will perform in this case, but that’s one of the reasons we like that TVs have Atmos support – so there’s no question.
There’s no support for DTS audio either, and Amazon only said that the TV can pass through Dolby encoded audio.
We’ll try to test the new QLED Omni TVs as soon as we can – if the performance lives up to the specs, they could be some of the best TVs of the year for pure value.
As Apple makes further moves to diversify its supply chains outside of China, one of its contract manufacturers, Taiwanese company Pegatron, has opened its mobile factory near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Pegatron installed the mobile factory under the government’s Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme, and iPhone production in India is expected to increase in India.
Pegatron is investing Rs 1,100 crore (US$150 million) to create jobs for up to 14,000 people with the new iPhone installation. The Pegatron facility opened in the presence of Union Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar. “India’s mobile phone exports in 2015-16 were almost zero. They reached around Rs 50,000 crore. India used to be heavily dependent on mobile phone imports. In contrast, today, 97% of mobile phones used in India India are domestically manufactured products,” he said.
Pegatron registered its Indian subsidiary in 2020, and production work was slated to begin late last year, but has been delayed for the pandemic.
Apple game plan in India
Apple’s latest release, the iPhone 14, is already being manufactured by another contract player, Foxconn. It’s the first time Apple has started producing its newest phones outside of China so soon after launch. Started shipping the iPhone 14 last week. Media reports say the larger iPhone 14 Plus would ship from Pegatron and Wistron (another Apple device supplier is India) by the end of October. Apple introduced two new iPhone 14 models on September 7.
Apple is expected to move about 5% of iPhone 14 production to India by the end of 2022. According to analysts at brokerage JP Morgan, Apple could make one in four iPhones in India by 2025. Reports claim that about 25% of all Apple products, including Mac, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods are also expected to be manufactured outside of China by 2025. Currently, only 5% of other Apple products are made outside of China.
For the record, India has the second highest number of smartphone users in the world after China, but Chinese brands like Xiaomi and South Korea’s Samsung dominate the local market.
While File Explorer is finally gaining tabs in the next Windows 11 update, now that the first major update of 2022 is available, PowerToys is also bringing a useful update to see what’s using your files as it’s slowing your PRAÇA.
PowerToys (opens in new tab) is an app that has a collection of tools to help improve your PC or laptop, from putting a spotlight on your mouse to find it easily, or adding some additional tools to File Explorer, which is where this latest update comes in.
According to latest windows (opens in new tab)this upcoming PowerToys update lets you right-click and from the context menu select an option to find out exactly which processes are using the file in question.
Called ‘File Locksmith’, this can be very useful if you come across times when some files were selected and slowed down your PC for a long period of time.
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In an update on GitHub, ivanstosic-janea developer (opens in new tab) explains the feature in more detail, where a window will appear showing which processes are using the file, and you can ‘kill’ them to stop the file using them.
This can be useful in many ways as you can more quickly find out why your PC is slow and stop the file in question rather than restarting your PC completely.
The feature is still in testing and not yet available to users, but in the meantime, we recommend installing PowerToys as it can easily reduce a few steps in renaming multiple files at once, for example.
Full spoilers for episode 6 of The Rings of Power follow. You have been warned.
The Rings of Power have officially arrived. Sure, the high-fantasy Prime Video show actually launched on September 2nd, but it takes an extremely significant episode to really announce itself on the prestigious TV stage.
Episode 6 is the epic and explosive entry to Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV series and audiences have been waiting. It’s packed with frantic and loaded scenarios, tells a story with multiple twists and turns, and culminates in a stunning finale that will leave viewers with their mouths open long after the credits roll.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of work went into designing and creating Episode 6’s shocking finale. And as co-showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne told in an exclusive preview, the episode’s final moments were planned as the pivotal moment of the episode. first season already in 2018.
“[It took] four years,” says McKay. “We’ve known about this sequence for This one big ones.”
“When we were blocking season one, we had a whiteboard of character arcs for Galadriel, Elendil, Isildur, Arondir, Bronwyn — all the main characters in this episode,” adds Payne. “All these journeys were leading up to this point when we finally introduced Mordor.”
That’s right, episode 6 of The Rings of Power shows us how Mordor – and its iconic volcano, aka Mount Doom – were finally created.
Viewers had already speculated that the introduction of Mordor wasn’t too far off, with previous episodes of season one teasing so much. In Episode 3, Galadriel and Elendil dump some old maps of Middle-earth, which show that the region known as the Southlands sits right on top of where Mordor exists in JRR Tolkien’s novels The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. The orc army of Adar is based at this location during Season 1 – an area where they dug tunnels and cleared large swaths of land – which provided further evidence for the eventual arrival of Mordor.
Read all of our Rings of Power recaps
What audiences didn’t expect is that Mordor and Mount Doom were born so early in the series. However, those familiar with The Lord of the Rings’ extensive history would have been able to figure out that this iconic location would be a part of Episode 6. Its official title – Udûn – is also the name of an arid valley situated in northwest Mordor, so it wouldn’t have too long for die-hard Tolkien fans to make the connection.
Still, for casual Lord of the Rings fans and the general public, the birth of Mordor and Mount Doom in The Rings of Power is a truly shocking and visually spectacular moment. So how was the sequel developed?
The eruption of an idea
The end of Udûn was a seismic undertaking for everyone involved in The Rings of Power. The final edit of the explosive sequence includes several visual effects scenes, complete with a massive volcanic eruption, extremely hot rocks falling from the sky, a storm-fueled ash cloud, and fires erupting as the Southern Lands and its inhabitants are consumed by the cataclysmic event. .
Before its visually appealing effects could be added to the post, The Rings of Power’s lead creative team had to ensure that events leading up to the eruption could lead to the mountain – which becomes Mount Doom – violently exploding its top. After all, such a movement is only possible through the collision of its vast lava pit with water from the deep reservoir of Ostilith. This comes after Southland’s turncoat Waldreg uses his sword hilt, which Adar reacquires from the Southlanders in Episode 6, as a key to unlocking part of Ostilith’s dam. It’s a move that allows a deluge of water to rush through several tunnels — dug by the orcs — and snake its way up the ice-covered mountain that becomes Mount Doom.
Could a combination of an expansive volume of water and a giant pool of lava then cause such an explosive eruption? According to real-world science, yes.
“One of our writers knows a geologist,” explains Payne. “So we asked them if water and lava could come together to create this gigantic explosion, and it could. They said ‘if you have enough vapor pressure that builds up in a confined space, the entropy inside the volcano will increase, eventually. causing him to strike.”
“We’ve meticulously studied what actually happens in volcanic eruptions,” adds visual effects producer Ron Ames. “We looked at photographs and read historical documents about Pompeii to get a clearer idea of the scale of these natural explosions.”
Buoyed by the support of real-life science, The Rings of Power’s massive team set out to craft an ending that would herald the series’ epic arrival on the world stage. Typical pre-production work, such as concept art, storyboarding, and location scouting, was done well before principal photography. Once these elements were in place, several camera crews began filming exterior scenes – sweeping, sweeping landscapes as well as close-ups – for use during the sequence.
“It was important for us to use real-world locations,” reveals Ames. “The mountain itself is based on a real location. The cliff that Ostilith stands on is a real location. We went to these areas and filmed the backgrounds using helicopters. We also landed in these areas and took pictures and signs. Even the water you see in the final sequence is real – it’s just mixed with some CGI elements to help the flow of this massive deluge as it descends the valley.”
Heating at the station
With pre-production and principal photography in the can, the lengthy post-production process can begin.
Like many of The Rings of Power’s visual effects-laden sequences, the end of Episode 6 was developed by various animation studios. Weta Digital, which worked on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film trilogies, produced the cliff-based part of Ostilith. Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) created the underground sequence, which leads to the violent explosion. Meanwhile, Australian studio Rising Sun was tasked with creating the post-eruption scene, including the spewing lava rocks and fast-traveling ash cloud.
“Since all the vendors have mixed each part, you can’t tell where one shot starts and another ends,” says Ames. “It’s all seamlessly connected and I couldn’t be more proud of the teams that worked together to compose and knit. It’s one of my favorite sequences on the entire show.”
Crunching has become a hot topic of conversation in the film and TV industries, with big-budget projects – including She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on Disney Plus – and studios being criticized for the working conditions of employees.
Given the scale of this sequel and the other 9,500 VFX-based takes in season one, it seems inevitable that The Rings of Power’s behind-the-scenes team will have to break down at some point. Ames, however, was convinced that no one under his supervision would be forced to work any longer – at the cost of their physical and mental well-being – to ensure that sequels like Mount Doom were completed on time.
“Having seen the movie business change and being an advocate of technology, I would say mindfulness and a load-sharing approach is extremely important,” says Ames. “For the most part, we didn’t work more than 12 hours a day. In some cases, I had to send staff members home to sleep and shower – everyone worked really hard, but everyone had to go home, see their families, attend weddings and do all the things that humans need to do. I think the future of cinema requires us to look at mindfulness in the workplace and how to move forward in a balanced way to get the most creativity out of our artists.”
The final sequence of Udûn is a visually stunning sight to behold. It’s the brainchild of multiple creators and studios, all of whom have worked diligently to collaborate on The Rings of Power’s most harrowing spectacle to date. “It was the brainchild of ILM visual effects supervisor Jason Smith,” says Ames, but the countless artists, animators, renderers and other staff members deserve praise for creating such a devastatingly beautiful moment in Middle-earth history.
With two more episodes to come in Season 1 – not to mention four more seasons of storytelling to come – The Rings of Power will contain more shocking, big-budget sequels like the end of Episode 6. Right now, though, Udûn is the entry. blast that defines the show the Prime Video series demanded – and it will take something truly incredible to usurp that.
The first six episodes of The Rings of Power are available to stream on Prime Video now.