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This Move By Activision Shows Why the Future of Gaming is Mobile

Activision Blizzard 's latest Skylanders title, Trap Team , will soon launch on all the major video-game consoles. That includes next-gen devices like the Xbox One, which weighs in at a hefty eight pounds. But here's the key twist: Trap Team is also coming to Apple 's ultralight, 1-pound iPad Air and a number of other tablets.

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Sure, Trap Team isn't exactly pushing boundaries in the graphics department. A colorful platformer, it's nothing like the games you imagine when you're thinking next gen, such as Ubisoft's open world Watch Dogs or Activision's Destiny , with its massive multiplayer component.

Still, Skylanders is a powerhouse video game franchise in its own right, having accumulated over $2 billion in toy and game sales since launching in 2011. Activision wouldn't be tinkering with one of its tentpole franchises unless it saw a major opportunity in that direction.

What's ahead

Even though tablet sales have slowed down lately, we can expect the devices to close the gap with consoles and PCs over the next few years, eventually to the point where many more important games head to mobile devices at the same time that they're introduced on traditional gaming hardware. In fact, that gap is already shrinking. As Apple points out with respect to its latest iPad Air model, its A7 processor boasts the capability to "enable detailed graphics and visual effects once possible only on desktop computer and game consoles."

Those capabilities, allowing tablets to compete in the same league with game consoles, is now being put to use by the world's biggest game publisher, with one of its key franchises. That's a big deal. And it likely means that Skylanders: Trap Team won't be the last major game that targets these increasingly powerful gaming devices.

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The article This Move By Activision Shows Why the Future of Gaming is Mobile originally appeared on Fool.com.

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos owns shares of Activision Blizzard and Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Activision Blizzard and Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard and Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days . We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

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