Additive is a simple OptiFine alternative modpack. It has many of the features you know and love from OptiFine, like shaders, high optimization, resource pack features, zoom, capes, and more. This pack is built from my other project, Adrenaline. Here is a video by BillyDaBongo that explains what Additive is, how to install it, and other modpacks like Simply Optimized.
📥 Installation guide
If you would like to install the modpack, go to this page on the website. After you install, you can figure out how to tweak things to give greater optimizations in the post-install section of the wiki. This includes procedures such as increasing your allocated memory, tweaking your game settings for your device, and some more advanced stuff such as changing your Java runtime and JVM flags.
This modpack is based on Adrenaline, which is designed to significantly improve the performance of your game by using various optimization mods and configurations. It mainly involves faster startup times and a very high increase in framerates. Additive has a few extra mods for specific use-cases as well, such as FastQuit which allows you to immediately quit worlds and save them in the background.
I won't compare the performance to other modpacks - mainly because doing accurate benchmarks is quite hard to do with a game like this where there are so many factors to consider. It can also depend on your hardware. I would suggest manually doing a benchmark and see which modpack is best for you.
🔍 OptiFine features
Additive is designed as an open-source and modular alternative to OptiFine, offering many of the same features, including but not limited to:
- Large performance boost
- OptiFine resource pack features
- Shader packs
- Dynamic lighting
- Better grass and snow
- OF donator capes (and free capes)
- Many other key OptiFine features
To see the full list of OptiFine features, check out the Give up OptiFine wiki page.
💡 Other features
Additive contains a very small amount of non-OptiFine features - mainly being small fixes, such as EmuNO and Fix Keyboard on Linux. There's also World Host included, which lets you host your world to the public by simply clicking "Open Externally" in the pause menu. Borderless Mining is tucked away for convenience, disabled by default, but you can enable it in the mod menu. For the full list and some more information about these mods, check out the Extra features wiki page.
❓ Why this over OptiFine?
OptiFine used to be the go-to solution for enhancing performance in Minecraft and offered many additional features that users loved. However, recent developments have changed the situation. OptiFine functions as a type of "all-in-one" mod, making it impossible to disable certain features that are incompatible with other mods. Additionally, its closed-source nature presents a challenge for modders who are unable to fix compatibility issues. OptiFine is not natively compatible with Fabric and requires a separate mod, OptiFabric, which is difficult to keep up to date. This has led to the creation of alternative mods that work just as well, if not better, and are easier to update. Additive usually updates much quicker than OptiFine does. While the transition may take some time to get used to, the overall experience is much improved compared to OptiFine.
For a full list of currently supported features, see this wiki page.
At its core, Additive is entirely composed of open-source mods, ensuring that you have the assurance of being able to view their source code and even contribute to them. We strongly encourage you to show your support for the creators and contributors of these mods, as this project would not be possible without their invaluable contributions.
Furthermore, the Packwiz project for Additive is also publicly available on our Git repository. This means that you can easily track and observe every change made to the project, report issues or request new features through our issue tracker, or effortlessly create your own forks of the project. This commitment empowers you to actively engage with Additive's development and contribute to its ongoing improvement.
Additive is designed to be compatible with a wide range of devices, even those with low specifications. This makes it an accessible option with varying hardware configurations. The pack is compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac. Additionally, Additive is much more compatible with other mods as compared to OptiFine, thanks to its more flexible design and native compatibility with Fabric.
For players with very low-spec devices, I recommend using my other project, Adrenaline, a modpack specifically designed for optimization. Unlike other modpacks that may include extra, non-essential mods, Adrenaline prioritizes performance over anything else, making it the ideal choice for limited hardware resources.
🔄️ Updates quickly
My goal is to keep Additive up-to-date with the latest Minecraft releases, providing tested builds as soon as possible. Although the maintenance of the pack is solely done by me, I will make every effort to release updates promptly. However, please note that there may be some delays due to my limited time and motivation.
➡️ Note: This does not apply to snapshots most of the time. I do not bother as they can sometimes require lots of maintenance and come out too quickly. If I recall correctly, Simply Optimized sometimes has updates for snapshots, so feel free to check that out if you really need them.
⚙️ How it works
Additive utilizes a variety of optimization mods that are designed to work seamlessly together. Many of these mods have been adjusted to provide improved performance beyond their standard settings, and this has proven to be effective. It's important to note that, compared to some other modpacks, Additive may be more aggressive in its optimizations and can sometimes result in instability. However, these instances are rare and the overall result will be an improvement in performance compared to other modpacks. To replicate the features of OptiFine, Additive uses mods such as LambDynamicLights, LambdaBetterGrass, Zoomify, Iris, CIT resewn, and many others.
🐛 Reporting Issues
Experiencing bugs, crashes, or other issues? Feel free to open an issue on the issue tracker. Sometimes this may be an issue with Adrenaline and not Additive itself, so I will move the issue accordingly if needed.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
For a few frequently asked questions, please visit the wiki. It also has a few other helpful resources that I suggest you read, such as troubleshooting info and more :)
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