TL;DR Initially this post was created because Oculus was broken on Forge version 43.2.0 on 1.19.2, which affects modpacks like Valhelsia 5, ATM8, New Game, and more. Someone made a patch that fixed it, but then Oculus fixed it officially.
Jump to the bottom to download Oculus and some Shader packs to try.
On Minecraft 1.19.2, to get Shaderpacks running, you can install the Oclulus mod which is an open source shaders and performance mod that is compatible with Optifine shader packs. It requires Rubidium, another performance mod to operate properly. These mods are unofficial Forge Mod Loader forks of the Iris and Sodium mods which serve the same purpose on the Fabric platform. Most people know to use Optifine, which is not compatible with some 1.19.2 mods and therefore many modpacks. It’s also not open source, is slow, and has other issues. Therefore, for many people, Oculus has become the better, and sometimes only choice.
Minecract 1.19.2 modpacks such as Valhelsia 5, All the Mods 8 (ATM8), New Game, and others have updated to Forge version 43.2.0 and later. This has caused them to stop working with the Oculus mod, which doesn’t support this recent version of Forge on 1.19.2. Other mod packs, such as Better MC [Forge] BMC3 haven’t yet updated their Forge version, which allows the official Oculus mod release to continue working.
The problem is that fairly recently (as of the time of this post) the Oculus mod became incompatible with the updated Forge mod loader, version 43.2.0 and later. So any modpacks that updated to that version of Forge resulted in Oculus to stop working. Minecraft 1.19.3 was released and the Oculus developers decided that they were not going to maintain for the older version, which is unfortunate because it’ll take months for mod developers to update their own mods to 1.19.3, and then for pack developers to make new packs for the newer version.
Thankfully, a kind stranger on the Internet posted a patch to the 1.19.2 Oculus jar file on the Oculus discord server called “Reforged Hub”.
UPDATE: I previously had the patched file linked here, but now there’s an official fix
If you install Oculus with a launcher like CurseForge or ATLauncher, they should install Rubidium for you.
Looking for some shaders to try?
I’ve tested these on Valhelsia 5 with the above fixes with the version indicated below. My current favorite is Complementary Reimagined.
- Sildur’s Vibrant Shaders v1.5.0 Extreme Volumetric Lighting
- Complementary Shaders v4.5.1
- Complementary Reimagined Shaders v4.6
- BSL Shaders v8.2.01
To install, download the zip file from the files tab and either drag it into the shaders page in Minecraft or add it manually to the ./shaderpacks directory in your local minecraft install.