Anyone who is familiar with Minecraft is well aware that the game’s general graphics are pixelated and primitive. While this has a touch of simplicity and nostalgia to it, some may find this aesthetic to be rough and stale after awhile. So what does one to do freshen up the graphical experience of Minecraft? Well, Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders is a great way to reinvent the game’s graphics from bland to breathtaking.
Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders overhauls nearly everything about the game’s graphics. With this shader pack, water looks clear and fluid, plants look alive and seem to sway back and forth as if they were breathing, and nighttime feels even spookier than ever. Certain aspects about vanilla have connected textures, but those pale in comparison to Sonic Ether’s shaders. Bodies of water, whether small or huge and open, look like a uniform piece–just like they do with real bodies of water. On a windy day, trees and tall grass will dance back in forth in the breeze, and Sonic Ether’s shaders incorporate that sense of animation.
The lighting is quite possibly this shader pack’s greatest virtue. The stale, bleak light offered in vanilla does not give a sense of atmosphere like they do in this shaders pack. In fact, most of the light sources in vanilla seems as though the be the same. Yellow light is quite easily the most common, seen from torches, glowstone, lava, fire, and the sun. With this shader pack, color is reintroduced and reborn with each and every light source. Torchlight looks absolutely different from moonlight, just as it should. To add to this, shadows are heavily implemented as well. Something even as small as grass on the ground can cast a vibrant and deep shadow, perfectly matching up to the sun’s location of course. Daylight is crisp and bright, striking a noticeable difference from the pale light of the moon or torches while in a cave. If all of the game’s lighting features seem the same, Sonic Ether’s shaders is a vibrant way to shake that up.
The sky textures are also one of the most notable features this shaders pack has to offer. The clouds commonly seen in vanilla are pixelated and scattered as if from a predesigned pattern. In this shaders pack, clouds look thin, whispy, and mobile–comparable to the clouds seen just out your window. Looking skyward with this shaders pack will replace those yellow squares with a living image of real clouds. While such realistic clouds may seem to stick out from the traditional pixel aesthetic Minecraft has, the two aspects compliment each other quite well. This is most likely due to how Sonic Ether’s shaders overhaul almost everything else about the game, and real clouds go great with real sunshine. Real weather is excellent proof of this.
As with any overhaul texture pack or general shaders pack, it is highly recommended to run Sonic Ether’s shaders on a computer than can handle the graphical overhaul. While these features are beautiful and realistic, older computers may have a hard time keeping up with the vast and vibrant graphical changes.
SEUS Renewed Screenshots:
SEUS Shaders v11.0 Screenshots:
Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders Update Logs
SEUS Renewed 1.0.0
- Improved GI and SSAO.
- Super smooth Temporal AntiAliasing.
- Completely reworked system for day/night cycle based on atmospheric scattering.
- Accurate sunlight color via atmospheric scattering.
- Accurate ambient sky lighting from atmospheric scattering via Spherical Harmonics.
- New atmospheric scattering on distand land for a natural senseofscale.
- New underwater rendering.
- Normal/bump mapping from torch/artificial light.
- Screenspace shadow tracing for better contact shadows.
- Vastly improved performance with long render distance settings.
- Physicallybased specular highlights from sunlight.
- Improved 2D clouds.
- Improved rendering of stained glass.
- New rain/wet effects.
- End and Nether shaders.
- Improved POM and POM selfshadowing.
- Improved shadows.
- Many more, too many to list here!
SEUS Legacy v11
- Variable Penumbra Soft Shadows.
- Proper rendering of transparent objects.
- Proper light absorption through stained glass.
- Stained glass colored shadows.
- New volumetric clouds.
- New water rendering.
- Water caustics.
- Crepuscular rays.
- Improved GI
- Vastly improved shadow and GI render distance.
- Automatic exposure adjustment based on average brightness.
- More natural/realistic lighting values.
- Atmospheric scattering.
- New BRDF for diffuse and specular lighting.
- Spider/Enderman eyes no longer look glitched.
Lots of other improvements!
v10.2 Preview 1 - Work In-Progress
- Single bounce diffuse global illumination from sunlight!
- Fixed day/night cycle
- Various other bug fixes
- Tonemapping adjustments.
- Overall less harsh outdoor lighting.
- Cloud shadows.
How to install Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders?
- The first step is to download and install the GLSL Shaders Mod or Optifine HD Mod on your Minecraft client (please install only one mod, don’t install both)!
- Now go to:
- Windows => %appdata%\.minecraft
- Mac OS X => ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
- Linux => ~/.minecraft
- Search for the “shaderpacks” folder.
- Copy SEUS shader zip file in the shaderpacks folder.
- In Options > Video Settings > Shaders, make sure that “Old Lighting” is set to Default!
- Now you can select shader in-game from Options/Shaders!
- That was all!