It’s no secret that Minecraft has a unique graphics engine. Sometimes, the blocky world of Minecraft looks fun and interesting. At other times, it leaves players craving HD texture files and other visual effects found in modern video games.
The OptiFine mod improves the performance and appearance of Minecraft in a number of different ways. It adds support for HD texture files, but it also reduces performance problems for many players. In fact, the creator of OptiFine, sp614x (not a typo), claims that most players are able to double their frames per second (FPS) after installing the mod. A poll on the official forum thread for OptiFine reinforces that claim.
Here are some of the most popular features that Minecraft players will encounter:
-FPS boost and a reduced number of lag spikes
-Support for HD textures and HD fonts
-Support for custom terrain and custom item textures
-Support for animated terrain and animated item textures
-Support for custom colors, block color palettes
-Support for textures of an unlimited size
-Custom lighting options
Players can also alter the variable render distance from Tiny to Extreme. Since Extreme is twice as far as ‘Far’ in vanilla Minecraft, this can make the Minecraft world look a lot more interesting for those who have the PC to handle it. In addition, stars and the sun are now visible even when players have selected the shortest render distances.
In terms of texture improvements, OptiFine enhances grass, snow, and water textures, and these changes are immediately noticeable. The new textures match the surrounding terrain and look very good.
The OptiFine mod also allows players to configure and change all sorts of different settings within Minecraft. Clouds can be set to 0% or 100% height, for example, and they can feature a default, fast, or fancy style. Other customizations involve water animations, flame animations, lava textures, and basically every other environmental factor within the Minecraft world.
Whether your PC is having difficulties running Minecraft at a smooth FPS, or you just want to add some amazing new HD textures into the game, the OptiFine mod helps players in a number of different ways.
OptiFine comes in 4 different version, choose the one that is best suited to you.
How to install OptiFine for Minecraft 1.7.3
Step 1) Find your Minecraft.jar folder and open it (search for %appdata% in Windows if you can’t find it)
Step 2) Delete the Meta-Inf folder (you might have already done this to install another mod).
Step 3) Download OptiFine 1.7.3 here
Step 4) Move the .class files from the OptiFine folder into Minecraft.jar (overwrite files)
Step 5) Start playing!
If you’d rather not install OptiFine yourself, the creator of the mod has made an automatic installation tool available. It’s called Magic Launcher. Check it out here.