Minecraft Shader Pack Adds Ray-Tracing Effects Through Path-Tracing

Apr 2, 2019

Minecraft is far from being the best looking game available on PC, but a recently released shader pack makes the game look better than it ever did.

The latest version of Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders, known as SEUS Renewed adds ray-tracing effects to Minecraft through path-tracing. Needless to say, these effects make a huge difference, but they also need a more powerful system to make the game run smoothly. Minecraft can run on pretty much anything nowadays, but the videos below have been captured on a system sporting a GTX 1070 Ti GPU.

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Here are some of the new features of SEUS Renewed:

  • Improved GI and SSAO
  • Super smooth Temporal Anti-Aliasing
  • 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 sense-of-scale
  • New underwater rendering
  • Normal/bump mapping from torch/artificial light
  • Screen-space shadow tracing for better contact shadows
  • Vastly improved performance with long render distance settings
  • Physically-based specular highlights from sunlight
  • Improved 2D clouds
  • Improved rendering of stained glass

You can learn more about the Minecraft SEUS Renewed shader pack by checking out the creator’s Patreon page.

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