Thanks to the good people at MinecraftForum.net, we’ve just glimpsed an altogether more beautiful future for Minecraft players. That’s because an unbelievable mod from modder Sonic Ether has just come to light that increases the visual quality of the game (on high-end PCs).
At this stage the mod is still a work in progress, but the water effect in particular is very impressive…
Here’s the official run-down of the mod:
This mod adds shaders to Minecraft in a post-process manner that simulate different effects that occur in the real-world in how light reacts with objects and with the human eye. This mod also adds dynamic movement to flora and fire. Note: This mod was configured with a high-spec system in mind. If you run vanilla Minecraft with max view distance and fancy settings at around 100+ fps and most modern games at med-high to high settings, then this mod should run fine for you.
The mod does come with some issues at the minute – but that is to be expected as it is currently incomplete, hence the appearance of a few visual artifacts, including flickering shadows, sun shining through into caves, abrupt day/night transitions, FOV changes at sundown and darkness issues with blocks you destroy in some texture packs. But as the developer confirms, all are being worked on, and when it’s complete it’s going to be a beautiful thing indeed.
This is currently version 10 of the mod, which has had extensive overhauls from earlier versions, and the screenshots below show exactly what Sonic Ether has achieved. Impressive stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree…
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