The Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders (also known as SEUS), is one of the first shaders mod for Minecraft. It adds lots of graphic features/improvements to Minecraft, including but not limited to shadows, water reflection, lens flare, motion blur, improved fog, realistic shaders, glossy blocks, bump mapping and lots of other graphic enhancements. Overall it gives Minecraft a much more cinematic or “epic” feel and look. It is almost mandatory if you are trying to make beautiful Minecraft videos.
Please note that this mod/shaders requires GLSL Shaders Mod to work.
Shaders greatly enhance the graphic look of Minecraft, this means however, that it will take a lot og GPU power when you use it. It is not recommended to use shaders with a graphic card below the NVIDIA 8800GT GPU. I have a pretty fair PC (Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, 16 GB DDR RAM), and my FPS are smooth varying between 30-60.
The author of this mod and these shaders recommend the Chroma Hills Resource Pack to get the most out of the shaders, as it is very compatible with the SEUS Mod.
Amazing screenshots of the Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders mod
Click to enlarge the image. Look at the stunning water effect.
Shadows fall naturally from buildings and objects, depending on where the sun is located.
Lens flare from the sun.
It’s amazing how you can turn a retro and old looking game (sorry Mojang), into something beautiful just using some mods and a new texture pack.
How to install SEUS for Minecraft
- Download and install GLSL Shaders Mod, this is required for SEUS to work.
- Download a SEUS shaderpack from above.
- Copy the .zip file to your .minecraft/shaderpacks folder.
- Select the shaderpack you installed from the Options > Shaders menu in Minecraft.
- Enjoy the beaty of Minecraft shaders!
If you are experiencing performance issues, try the following tweaks:
- Run Minecraft in a smaller resolution in full-screen.
- Try to toggle smooth FPS ON (Options > Video Settings > Performance > Smooth FPS). This gives more responsive input and more steady fps, but will most likely lower your maximum FPS.
- Lower the render distance. SEUS is optimized for “Short + 16”.