We play a lot of Minecraft of course, since we’re writing articles like these regularly, but it’s easy to lose track of how “old” Minecraft is at this point, due to its inherently retro art style. Minecraft only came out in 2011, but given the old-school look of the game, some people may find themselves wanting something that looks a little more modern at times. For now, we’re happy to talk about a new texture pack that’s going to be perfect for those gamers wanting to scratch that particular itch. Introducing Prime’s HD Textures for Minecraft.
So what’s going on with this project? Well, many Minecraft texture packs look to update the graphics with a new style fitting whatever the user may be interested in. Such texture mods are oftentimes much more transformative than shaders due to this nature. Some packs will change so much in Minecraft so dramatically that it can be hard to even tell what game you’re looking at. That is not the case at all with Prime’s HD Textures. This one looks to update Minecraft’s “old” blocks with a new and shiny coat. You can expect your Minecraft world to look similar to before but with a much higher resolution.
A Closer Look at Prime’s HD Textures
If we look at the textures on offer here, they’re the same as the default Minecraft ones. Only the resolution has been updated to the point where they no longer appear pixelated and retro. That’s not to say the pack here completely removes the pixels, it simply updates the blocks and items to the point where there are more pixels per texture. If you like pixel packs, download F8thful.
Think about how graphics from the Nintendo Entertainment System got way better once the new console, The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, came out. If you weren’t around at the time, this example might be a bit esoteric. The bottom line here is that the new assets from Prime’s HD texture pack seem kind of like the jump in the quality we got going from 8-bit to 16 or 32-bit graphics. To us, vanilla Minecraft textures sort of feel like 16-bit graphics and this pack feels like it ups them all the way to 62-bit pixel art, if that makes sense. Although the Prime texture pack has resolutions up to 512×512, so maybe all this talk of specific pixel numbers is a moot point anyway.
Free vs. Premium: Exploring Resolution Options
Numbers aren’t important here, what is important is how much nicer this is going to make Minecraft look for you. It’s everything you love about the classic gameplay made to look nicer due to the work that the creator Prime_Mods was willing to put out there. And the great news is that this is all free! Well, mostly free anyway. Prime_Mods offers this project to anyone who wants to use it for free, but only the 32x version.
If you are interested in higher-quality versions, you can check out their Patreon. You can download the 64x, 128x, 256x, and 512x resolutions as Patron. But honestly, we think that the free Prime’s HD texture pack version is perfectly fine. Yes, the higher-resolution versions are technically a bit nicer, but you won’t notice much of a difference if you don’t play Minecraft with a monstrously powerful PC, as well as a 4k or 8k display that can even output the difference in quality in the first place. 32x is fine for regular people, everything beyond that can be a good option for enthusiasts.
Skybox, Sun/Moon, and Cloud Updates
In addition to all the blocks getting a visual update, the Minecraft skybox as well as the sun/moon also receive a nice-looking update. The moon looks almost like a block-shaped planet in the sky. The classic Minecraft clouds have also been updated to appear more naturalistic. Looking over some of the screenshots provided by the developer, it does make Minecraft somehow feel cozier and warmer than before. Maybe it has something to do with how everything almost looks smoothed down, after all, softer edges are much more inviting than hard abrupt ones.
In short, we feel very comfortable recommending Prime’s HD Textures for Minecraft to anyone interested in making their Minecraft experience a bit more modern, at the price of maybe a little bit of nostalgia. But we’re living in the future, and the future is good, so if you aren’t afraid of a bit of change for the better check out this pack, it gets our solid recommendation. By the way, this pack is also a great alternative for Faithful.
Prime’s HD Textures are compatible with these Minecraft versions: 1.20.5 – 1.20.4 – 1.20.3 – 1.20.2 – 1.20.1 – 1.20 – 1.19.4 – 1.19.3 – 1.19.2 – 1.19.1 – 1.19 – 1.18.2 – 1.18 – 1.17.1 – 1.17
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How To Install Prime's HD Textures Texture Pack
- To use all the cool features in this pack, download and install OptiFine.
- Download the Prime's HD Textures texture pack for Minecraft from the file section below. Pick the file that matches your Minecraft edition and version.
- Launch Minecraft.
- Click "Options" on the main menu.
- In the options, go to the submenu “Resource Packs”.
- Click "Open Pack Folder" at the bottom left to see a folder titled "resourcepacks".
- Put the downloaded ZIP file into your "resourcepacks" folder. Or, just drag and drop it into the Minecraft window to add the pack.
- You will see the pack on the left side of the resource pack selection menu. Unzip the file if you can't see the pack.
- Hover over the pack thumbnail and click the arrow pointing right.If the game says the pack is for a newer or older Minecraft version when you activate it, don't worry! It's just a heads-up. Click 'Yes' and enjoy the new textures – it won't affect your gameplay.
- Click "Done" and all assets have been loaded.
Prime's HD Textures Texture Pack Download
[32x] [1.20.X] Download Prime’s HD Textures
[32x] [1.19.X] Download Prime’s HD Textures
[32x] [1.18.X] Download Prime’s HD Textures
[32x] [1.17.X] Download Prime’s HD Textures
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