How to install Realistico

Realistico needs certain settings to be displayed correctly.
To achieve the results you see in the screenshots, follow this tutorial.

Table of contents

  1. Step 1: Download Minecraft: Java Edition
  2. Step 2: Install Optifine
  3. Step 3: Allocate enough RAM
  4. Step 4: Choose a shader pack
    1. Specular mapping formats and add-on
    2. Load the shader pack
  5. Step 5: Load the texture pack
  6. Step 6: Settings you need
  7. Final result
  8. Recommended specifications (no system requirements available yet)
  9. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Step 1: Download Minecraft: Java Edition

Realistico is compatible from Minecraft 1.8 to Minecraft 1.13.2.
That means every version in between is included as well, but an error message will show up.
Do not worry: you will still be able to load the pack.

For instructions, follow this tutorial.
A fresh install is recommended.

Step 2: Install Optifine

OptiFine allows Minecraft to run shaders, while also improving its performance.

  1. Make sure you already downloaded and run the latest version of the game.
  2. Close both Minecraft and its launcher (if running).
  3. Download the latest version of OptiFine here.
  4. The Optifine version must match the Minecraft version you intend to use.
  5. Run the Java executable.
  6. Change the Minecraft directory (if needed) and click Install.
  7. Once the message OptiFine is successfully installed pops up, click OK.
  8. Open the Minecraft launcher, click the Launch options tab, and select OptiFine.
  9. Optional: rename the profile whatever you like.
  10. Keep the profile open, as we’ll now allow more RAM to the game in the next step.

Step 3: Allocate enough RAM

Allocating more RAM to Minecraft allows the game to load demanding texture packs.
For instructions, follow this tutorial.

Step 4: Choose a shader pack

Shader packs enable the 3D effect of Realistico.

Disclaimer: to ensure the best quality, only use one of the recommended shader packs.

Here is a list of recommended shader packs:

In this tutorial, we will use the BSL shader pack, as it performs very well in any lightning condition.

Specular mapping formats and add-on

Realistico supports PBR. There are two main PBR formats: SEUS and Continuum.
Depending on the shader pack you use, you may need to load an add-on on top of the base pack.

The add-on is currently named realistico-08-full_v3_Continuum.zip. If you’re using a shader pack that uses the Continuum format, load realistico-08-full_v3_Continuum.zip on top of realistico-08-full_v3.zip.

By default, Realistico comes with SEUS formatted PBR specular maps.
The table below shows which shader packs require the add-on.

Shader pack Specular format Needs add-on
BSL SEUS no
Continuum Continuum yes
SEUS Renewed SEUS no

Load the shader pack

  1. Open Minecraft (make sure Optifine is installed).
  2. Go to Options, Video Settings, Shaders.
  3. Click on Shaders Folder to open the shaderpacks folder, then drag and drop the BSL v7.1.zip file into the shaderpacks folder.

Step 5: Load the texture pack

  1. From the main menu, go to Options, Resource Packs.
  2. Click on Open Resource Pack Folder to open the resourcepacks folder, then drag and drop the realistico-08-full_v3.zip file into the resourcepacks folder.
  3. Exit the Resource Packs screen and re-open it.
  4. Click on the pack to enable it.
  5. The pack will be displayed as “Incompatible (Made for an older version of Minecraft)” and a warning message will pop-up: click Yes to load the pack.
  6. Click Done to load the pack.

Step 6: Settings you need

Realistico needs certain settings to be displayed correctly.

Disclaimer: the results seen in the screenshots are only guaranteed if you use the settings I provide.

Here is how to use the correct settings:

  1. Download the settings here
  2. Open settings-for-realistico-08-v3.zip
  3. Open the game directory (usually called .minecraft)
  4. Drag and drop optionsof.txt and optionsshaders.txt into the main directory
  5. Drag and drop BSL v7.1.zip.txt in the shaderpacks folder
  6. Rename that last one txt file to match the shader pack name (keep the .txt extension)

Last update: 7th of April, 2019.

Note: as of now, the settings I provide are for BSL only (as the name suggests…). You can’t just swap them with any shader pack you want.

Final result

At this point, the game should look like in the following screenshot:

I get 60+ FPS at 1440p in windowed mode (2560x1440 on a 3840x2160 monitor).

I’m using a 3.40 GHz CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 1080. The game is installed on an SSD.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You can find answers to your questions at https://matteorizzo.com/faq.