We’ve repeatedly seen videos that prove that proper lighting makes Minecraft RTX game worlds look amazing. Perhaps, any fan of the game would like to achieve the same results, but, unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to play on a PC, and even upgrade it with hardware that supports ray tracing.
Luckily, there are more affordable alternatives available to players. Shader mods have existed for a long time, and every year their range has only expanded. Let’s take a look at a few particularly noteworthy options. Owners of Minecraft Java Edition can install them using Optifine Mod.
Many shaders include fancy effects. Some of them can radically change the appearance of the Minecraft world, and will not change the texture pack. VanillaPlus tries to avoid this effect. The mod retains the main image from Minecraft, but adds beautiful lighting to it.
This shader will make sunny days brighter, and players will be happy to spend time searching for the most picturesque place to build their home. On the other hand, the Nether will look like a real hell. The less fantasy effects make it a darker, grittier place.
Sildur’s Shaders are the first of many shaders that try to make the world of Minecraft as colorful as possible. The texture of the water changes, becoming more realistic, but still maintaining a cartoonish look. The sunlight also becomes brighter.
Sildur’s Shaders also allows you to choose between different shader versions, so players can choose the options that suit their tastes and PC capabilities. Your PC can’t handle bright lighting, but you’d like to apply other effects? No problem! The Enhanced Default package is what you need in this situation. If it’s the other way around, then gamers can push the shaders’ capabilities to the maximum.
EBIN is a more refined shader, similar to VanillaPlus, but with an emphasis on many details. Particular attention is paid to the behavior of shadows to make them as realistic as possible. But that’s not all.
Clouds that change the direction of their movement depending on the time of day look more realistic. This detail extends to the water, which also changes the effect throughout the day. Now its color will depend on depth and temperature.
As the technology and skill behind shader modifications have improved, some shader packages have become significantly more complex. On the one hand, opportunities have emerged for creating more colorful effects, on the other, some of the first shaders have become outdated and become unusable.
This is a big problem for gamers who were delighted with the effects created by these modifications. Luckily, Nostalgia Shaders tries to recreate the style of the first shaders while mixing it with some modern technology. The mod will give you an individual, far from realistic skybox with cloud effects and rounded lighting shapes for each light source.
An obvious choice for gamers who want to make their world the most colorful and vibrant. The lighting system is as impressive as any other mod, taking a huge step forward from standard Minecraft lighting.
Oceano focuses on changing the overall atmosphere created by the visuals of the world. There are no fancy god rays, but color saturation has been increased to the maximum, and the effects of water and other objects have been carefully reworked. This will help people who are trying to create a more fantasy setting.
Naelego’s Cel Shaders
Have you ever wanted to see Minecraft with cel shading? Great! One of the most unique shaders, reminiscent of the Super Secret Setting remote button that changes the look of the world like no other mod.
Unlike most other shaders, this is probably not a package that gamers will want to use while gaming on a regular basis. However, someone will be interested in turning on Naelego and exploring the worlds to understand how different they will be. It’s not the same cel-shaded look as in Borderlands, but it will certainly turn some heads.
A common problem with installing shaders is not having a good enough PC to process them. Although shaders don’t require as much power as RTX technologies, it will still be difficult to get some lighting effects on weaker machines.
And then you should pay attention to Lagless Shaders, which are less demanding on hardware. Naturally, the effects aren’t as impressive as many other shaders, but there are still core features in the form of redesigned lighting and more colorful worlds.
SORA is one of the most realistic shaders. Despite all the beauty and divinity of the rays seeping through every crack in the tree line, in the real world such lighting effects only appear in certain scenarios. The lighting in SORA will still make the world look brighter, but avoids overusing effects.
Instead of surprising players left and right with volumetric lighting, it’s more in line with what’s happening in the real world. The shaders still cast well-defined shadows and such, but as the sun goes down, the change in lighting changes the overall atmosphere of the world.
One of the most famous shaders and perhaps the gold standard among free packages. SEUS does not use any tricks or tricks, but simply creates the best lighting engine for Minecraft.
All the features that other shader packs handle have been taken from SEUS, and with a few recent updates it has once again become one of the best options. Other packages offer something more specific depending on individual preferences. But if you want to see how great Minecraft can become, start with SEUS.
Thanks to Continuum you can reach maximum heights. However, keep in mind that these shaders are not only very hardware intensive, but also require a small investment of $10; although they really are the best of the best. While SORA eschews volumetric lighting in favor of greater realism, Continuum mixes these techniques to achieve maximum results.
The shader team is one of the most experienced in the field and has several different shader versions. There is a less realistic but more colorful legacy package. There’s even a ray-traced version available. Additionally, the team is working on a Stratum resource pack focused on hyper-realistic textures.