In addition to the dedicated global GSR, output buffers are set to a high impedance state during configuration mode with the dedicated Global 3-state (GTS) net. All general-purpose outputs are affected whether they are regular, 3-state, or bidirectional outputs during normal operation. This ensures that the outputs do not erroneously drive other devices as the FPGA is configured.
In simulation, the GTS signal is usually not driven. The circuitry for driving GTS is available in the post-synthesis and post-implementation simulations and can be optionally added for the pre-synthesis functional simulation, but the GTS pulse width is set to 0 by default.