Just yesterday we saw the release of a major new update to the record-breaking sandbox game Minecraft. Although the game looks very simple on the surface and the visual aspects are not necessarily breathtaking, it it can be extremely overwhelming for computer components especially older ones. So it's good to see that just a day after the release of Minecraft 1.17 Caves & Cliffs, a capable team of modders managed to implement the OptiFine script optimized for this particular version of the Java edition. Although this is not yet the full release it improves performance and introduces a large range of new graphic settings. The mod can be downloaded here.
Undoubtedly, one of the most important parts of Minecraft are the available mods. After a substantial "modding" of files and loading a new world in this popular sandbox, however, we can experience serious problems with performance. Unfortunately, we come across such a hard nut to crack also in the case of very extensive save game files. Fortunately,a solution to this type of problems has been known for a very long time, and it is, somewhat ironically, a fan-made mod called OptiFine. Since the dawn of time (specifically the year 2011, when the first version appeared for Minecraft Beta 1.4) it helps to deal with the low number of fps in Minecraft. However, with each new version of Mojang AB's game OptiFine requires an update, and this takes the team responsible for this script up to several weeks. So it is impressive that they managed to implement the software just one day after the release of Minecraft 1.17.
In addition to basic features such as improving the optimization and performanc on newer and older computers or introducing more graphic settings, OptiFine also enables us to install more demanding resource packs (changing textures) or advanced shading systems (shaders), such as ray tracing.
The full list of changes introduced by OptiFine HD U G9 pre17, can be found here.