The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced the(4K) specification is now complete and has also revealed the next-gen format's official logo.
The new disc format promises the incorporation of the latest video standards, and players will also be backward-compatible with existing Blu-ray discs.
The BDA says the format incorporates a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution, expanded color range support, high dynamic range () and high frame rate content (read 60fps). As well as the promise of up-to-date video, UHD Blu-ray will also support "next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats."
The BDA has yet to expand on which specific standards will be supported as for each of these features there are a number of competing options: for example there are two object-based sound formats --and . However, a spokesperson for the BDA said that specific audio support is optional and not mandatory so "if it's on the disc it's passed through".
In addition UHD Blu-ray will bring with it the-like "digital bridge" feature that will allow consumers to "view their content across the range of in-home and mobile devices."
The association has announced it will begin licensing Ultra HD Blu-ray products this summer.
Panasonic was the first company to announce aat this year's CES, and consumers can expect to see players hit the market by the end of 2015.
Update, 3:12 p.m. ET Added information from the BDA about DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support