Immersive Portals Mod

Immersive Portals is easily one of Minecrafts best mods. Players can enter through Portals, without any sort of loading screen. But the most interesting feature is that they can see straight through to the other side.

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Forge vs Fabric

It’s worth noting that the Forge development of this mod seems to be abandoned. It hasn’t been updated past Minecraft 1.16.5, as the developer says they’re focusing on the Fabric version instead.

Therefor, it’s recommended to use Fabric if you’re really itching to use this mod. It’s more stable, and you’re less likely to run into bugs or glitches. Although there’s nothing to say the developer won’t come back and update it in the future. Or maybe someone else will take up the task.

Shader Support

If you’re using Fabric, chances are that Optifine and OptiFabric won’t work with Immersive Portals. Your only option is to use the Sodium mod instead.

Forge users who are using Optifine will find a few incompatibilities. Only some shaderpacks work. I tested out Complementary Shaders, and that led to a flashing screen and crashed the game. Whereas SEUS Renewed seems to work perfectly.

Portals

One feature that’s often overlooked is Horizontal Portals. Now, players will be able to create Nether Portals which are laid out horizontally. Meaning that they match the End Portal in design now.

horizontal nether portal
A Horizontal Nether Portal

This is actually a very useful feature. Having a lair-type base means you can just jump down into a Nether Portal. Or perhaps with some sort of glider mod, gliding into the Portal will feel satisfying.

nether portal
Looking Through a Nether Portal

Of course, standard Nether Portals still work too. With the mod installed, players will be able to see straight through to the Nether and End Dimension. It’s possible to see what threats sit near the Portal, and even see your friends on the other side.

end portal
Looking Through an End Portal

Although sometimes, the Ender Dragon might not be visible until you’ve actually loaded the Dimension at least once. Portals also have different modes that can be set in the configuration files.

For example, an End Portal can be set to point to an Obsidian Platform. Or with Scaled View, it’s able to show the entirety of the End Island inside the End Portal.

Mirror

With Immersive Portals, it’s also possible to create a Mirror. It’s interesting, and allows you to see yourself without switching camera modes, or see what’s behind you.

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Looking in a Mirror

To create a Mirror, create a wall made up of Glass Panes. Then ignite it using a Flint and Steel, and it will turn into a Mirror. Although again, this seems to have some issues with shaders. This glitched out for me with SEUS Renewed, but worked well with BSL.

Immersive Portals Mod Download

VersionAvailable
1.12.2No Release
1.13.2No Release
1.14.4Forge | Fabric
1.15.2Forge | Fabric
1.16.5Forge | Fabric
1.17.1Fabric
1.18.2Fabric
1.19Fabric

The links above will take you to the CurseForge page for the Immersive Portals Mod. It’s recommended to only download mods from CurseForge, as they are vetted to ensure that they’re safe, and you’re also supporting mod developers.

How to Install

If you haven't already, make sure to install Forge for Minecraft. It's a simple process and takes just a few minutes. Once Forge is installed:
  1. Download the mod for your Minecraft Version. It will be a .JAR file.
  2. Take this file, and place it in the 'mods' folder of your Minecraft directory. If this folder doesn't exist, create it. The easiest way to access your Minecraft directory is opening the game, going to Resource Packs and pressing the 'Open Resource Pack Folder' button.
  3. Once it's inside the mods folder, run Minecraft with the Forge preset selected. The mod will be installed and can be played with in-game.


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