Rumors of this drop have been circulating across the internet for awhile now, and while some sources did originally report it was scheduled for Wednesday (January 19), it now seems likely it will take place on Friday instead.
Assuming it follows the trend of previous GameStop PS5 restocks the console should become available shortly after 11 a.m. ET. We expect this drop to be exclusively for PowerUp Reward Pro members, and the console will only be available in bundles.
PS5 restock at GameStop (check stock)
An update on this potential restock has come from @Wario64, who has proved to be a seriously reliable source of next-gen stock information in the past. The stock tracker claims that GameStop will have PS5 bundles for its PowerUp Rewards members on January 21.
GameStop has been gating its drops behind its premium membership scheme since last summer, and there’s no indication this practice will end any time soon. Pro membership costs $15 annually, which could be a small price to pay if it helps you secure a PS5.
It should also be noted that GameStop always puts its allocation of the PS5 into bundles. These packages include items like an extra controller, physical games, and often some form of digital credit or a PlayStation Plus membership. GameStop always charges the combined retail price of the items within its bundles, so at least you won’t be getting price gouged.
If you’re unwilling to sign up for PowerUp Reward Pro membership to score a PS5 or just want the console on its own without any extras, then make sure to bookmark our PS5 restock hub. This comprehensive guide is updated daily with the latest stock information for every major retailer.
How to become a PowerUp Rewards Pro Member
In early June, GameStop announced that it’s changing the way it handles console restocks. It will give first dibs to its PowerUp Rewards Pro members. Although there’s a free tier, only Pro members will get early access to the restocks. Membership starts at $14.99 per year and includes perks like a Game Informer subscription, $5 reward coupons per month (total of $60/year), 10% extra trade credit on games/accessories, and a $5 welcome certificate. If you sign up today, you’ll have access to upcoming restocks.
GameStop restock — tips and tricks
It may be obvious, but you’ll want to have a GameStop account and be logged into your account when the restock begins. If you click the “add to cart” button and nothing happens, try refreshing the page.
Alternatively, you could clear your browser cookies and try to open the page via an incognito web browser. You might be asked to solve a captcha before adding the console to your cart. We don’t yet know if this restock will be opened up to the general public after the early access window.
What to do if you miss out
As with the previous GameStop PS5 restock events, these units will sell out fast. So if you missed out don’t worry. There will be other restock events in the future. Also, make sure to follow our restock coverage for up-to-the-minute news on the latest restocks. In the meantime, you can browse other retailer pages to see if they may have quietly added any new inventory.