Buy PS5 for GameStop 2022: waiting lists, tips, tricks (update)

Tips and tricks: how and where to buy a PS5 from GameStop (Photos: Sony Interactive / GameStop)


PlayStation 5 waiting list instead of an online dump: How can – can – buy a PS5 on GameStop in Germany.

May 25, 2022 (3:30 PM) update: After almost a year’s hiatus, GameStop returns to selling PlayStation 5 online. Completely new is for a package price of 664.97 € Horizon: The Forbidden West-Package, additional controller in selected color as well Death Stranding: Director’s cut.

The surprise pack is part of the Days of Play 2022 discount campaign launched today.


April 21, 2022 (12:00 PM) update: Unlike most of its competitors, GameStop continues to sell PlayStation 5 via waiting lists on GameStop stores. Means: you can use the console no order on gamestop.de – and of course not in the countless fake stores that advertise with the GameStop logo and name.

After months of sparse deliveries to the branches, things have moved on for a few days now: as a result, customers on the waiting list are informed by the responsible GameStop store – spontaneous purchases are also possible from time to time.

Danger: The “naked console” is not offered at all. Instead, the stores have prepared packages consisting of PS5, controller, games and / or warranty extension at prices from 600 to 700 euros. The exact roster isn’t necessarily set in stone, so ask if you can trade the included game.


January 11, 2022 (12:00 PM) update: GameStop is still the only one of the top 10 PlayStation 5 retailers in Germany to sell the console only in its own stores.

The waiting list situation on site is very different and can change in minutes: in many locations there is a (temporary) acceptance stop, while reservations are happily accepted a few kilometers away.

Therefore, the following tips still apply.


If you wanted to buy a PlayStation 5 from GameStop in the first half of 2021, you needed a lot of luck and good timing: you were able to order the console on gamestop.de for a short time in just five days (2×1 February). x April, 2 x May). These so-called “discharges” have not been announced.

It has changed: As of June 2021, which is more than six months, the console can no longer be ordered online from GameStop. Instead, the PS5 is only sold to most (not all!) Of Germany’s 200+ GameStop stores – via a waiting list. Anyone who can be on the PS5 list will receive a notification by email or phone as soon as the limits come in.

Requirements for purchasing PS5 on GameStop: a deposit of between 100 and 200 euros – many branches also require their customers to buy additional games and controllers or take out an extended warranty. Replacing your existing old consoles is also part of the deal.

Conditions vary considerably from store to store, often even within the same city.

As news of the waiting list has spread, many GameStop stores are not accepting new customers. Because waiting times often extend to the end of January and beyond. Pre-orders will be stacked upon receipt of your order. There is no guarantee, because the lack of deliveries is noticeable – not only at GameStop, but at all Sony’s trading partners.

Care: There are several fake online stores that advertise themselves with the GameStop name and logo. You can order the available PS5 consoles there, allegedly. In all cases, these are fraudulent online stores – so be very careful not to carelessly pay in advance with a credit card or bank transfer.

Official PS5 accessories (controller, headset, camera, remote control, charging station) and PS5 games are offered both at gamestop.de and in retail stores.

However, for PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: If you want to buy a console from GameStop in January 2022, you have to obligatory inquire at branches. With any luck, there will still be a place on the waiting list for you. But as mentioned at the beginning: not all GameStop stores have a waiting list at all.

If there is no GameStop store nearby or if you want to order your PS5 online: Daily updated development for the German-speaking market, including many tips and tricks, can be found in the original GamesWirtschaft PS5 ticker.


PS5 queues at GameStop

Status: November 15th / 8 a.m. (currently not updated)

  • Berlin Gesundbrunnen HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Berlin-Köpenick HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Berlin-Panków HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Berlin-Spandau HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Berlin-Steglitz HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Bielefeld (note: long waiting times) HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Bochum (Note: Long Lead Time)
  • Bochum HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Brunswick HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Bremen HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Dresden Altmarkt Gallery HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Dresden Elbepark (Note: Long Wait Times)
  • Duisburg / Forum (Note: long waiting times)
  • Freiburg HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Fuert HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Halle-Neustadt
  • Hamburg / Hamburger Meile (Note: long waiting times)
  • Herford (Note: Long Lead Time)
  • Ingolstadt HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Jena (Note: Long Lead Time)
  • Kaiserslautern HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Kempten HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • keel HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Kleve (note: long waiting times)
  • Cologne HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Lübeck HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Main Center Taunus / Sulzbach HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Marburg (note: long waiting times)
  • Minden (Note: Long Lead Time)
  • Mönchengladbach HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Muenster
  • Neu-Isenburg HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Neumünster (Holsten Gallery) HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Neunkirchen / Saarland HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Oberhausen (Bero city center) HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Osnabrück
  • Pforzheim HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Recklinghausen (Note: long waiting times)
  • Regensburg (arcades) HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Saarbrücken HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Sankt Augustin (note: long waiting times)
  • Schwerin (Note: Long Lead Time)
  • Unna HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Viersen HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Wedding HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Wildau HOLDING ACCEPTANCE
  • Wolfsburg HOLDING ACCEPTANCE

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December 10, 2021 (3:30 PM) update: According to many readers, the PS5 package for 649 euros can be ordered today in many GameStop stores. This includes: an extended warranty, FIFA 22 and another game to choose from. The deposit is € 100 – pick up should be possible before Christmas.

Of course, the offer is only valid while stocks last. Please let us know by email if the pre-order worked for your location (and if the quantity ordered is not in stock).


November 15, 2021 update: Many readers from all over Germany wrote to us that: Today Pre-order PlayStation 5 from your local GameStop store – pickup should be available in the coming days.

In addition to the PS5 motherboard variant, the kit also includes a second controller and the selected game (e.g. Far From Crying 6 or Call of Duty: Vanguard) and an extended warranty. The purchase price is approximately 700 euros (while stocks last).

We are always grateful for information on which branches are taking part in the action (e-mail or comment).


November 10, 2021 update: The reader’s opinion is clear: in most GameStop branches (see list below) there is either a waiting list acceptance stop, or the customer must be prepared that the console cannot be picked up until the new year.

However, there are exceptions: we keep getting messages that customers have been able to take their PS5 box with them directly and without waiting – simply because a larger shipment has just arrived at the respective GameStop store.

That’s why our advice still applies: ask regularly at the branch (not by phone!).

Let us know what the situation is at your local GameStop store by email or comment – thank you!


October 22, 2021 update: Which GameStop stores still offer reasonable-wait PS5 bookings – and where not? In the review at the end of this article, we log all waitlist reviews at your local GameStop offices daily.

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