Where hardware is the name for the physical components that make up a computer, software is the name for the (usually) non-physical instructions that tell a computer how to operate. Software encompasses libraries (in the computing sense), non-executable data (e.g. documentation, digital media, etc.), and programs.

Obviously for a computer to even operate, numerous bits of software must be installed and used, but for gamers in particular there are specific bits of software that can make their experience that much better, besides of course the games themselves!

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