Despite the fact it is more than a year old today, the Cybox Shaders Pack is still one of the best-looking shaders which are compatible with Minecraft 1.12.2. This compatibility rolls back a few versions, and the mod works just fine with Minecraft versions as old as 1.6.4, so if you’re stuck that far back you can still get a decent shader pack in Cybox. You don’t need any supporting software like Optifine to make the Cybox shaders work, but like always, the Better Skies and Better Glass which are included with Optifine in most downloads can still improve the appearance of these textures in your world.
The shadow effects in Cybox Shaders Mod are some of the best you will see in any shader pack. Just to name one good example, the shadows in this mod actually account for the spaces between leaves when sunlight is shining through the foliage of trees. That is, you don’t just get a solid black shadow on a nearby surface, but you see the individual leaves and the spaces between them, where the light is able to make it all the way through. It’s kind of hard to explain in words – you’ve really got to see Cybox in action to see how good it looks.
As far as requirements go, you’re going to need a decent GPU if you want to run Minecraft with the Cybox Shaders Pack installed and enabled. This is because of the constant rendering and re-rendering of visuals as the sun moves through the sky, or moving leaves obstruct light, or clouds float on by and create shade for the world down below. This shader pack will put a greater level of strain on your PC and system resources, so you’ll have to have something in reserve if you want to use it. Integrated graphics aren’t going to do the trick here.
But if you’ve got the graphics card, memory and processing power to play with the Cybox Shaders Pack turned on, then by all means, give it a go. It’s one of the best-looking shader packs for Minecraft 1.12.2/1.11.2 and 1.10.2, and even the newer animations and items from the combat update have been figured into the lighting and shadows. Overall, Cybox would probably get 8/10 or even 9/10 if it was being graded on that sort of scale. Since it isn’t though, just saying it’s a great, solid shader pack will have to do.
- Requires Optifine or GLSL Shaders Mod
- Requires Minecraft Forge API for most of the versions.
How to install Cybox Shaders Mod?
- The first step is to download and install the GLSL Shaders Mod or Optifine on your Minecraft client!
- Now go to:
- Windows => %appdata%\.minecraft
- Mac OS X => ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
- Linux => ~/.minecraft
- Search for the “shaderpacks” folder.
- Move the downloaded .zip into the shaderpacks folder.
- Now you can select shader in-game from
Options / Video Settings / Shaders. If not, check to make sure you placed the “.zip” file in the correct directory.
- That was all!